The Supreme Court on Friday began hearing a batch of petitions and public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the demonetization policy of the Central government, which came into effect on the midnight of November 8.
Arguing for the Centre, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the government had taken all the necessary steps to ease inconveniences of the general public.
The Supreme Court asked the Centre :
When you made the policy on demonetisation, was it confidential?
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur also asked the Centre as to why the order of granting limit of Rs 24,000 per day to a person had not been complied with.
While responding to the SC, the Centre asked it not to interfere with demonetization as it was a monetary policy.
Demonetization is a monetary policy, court shouldn’t interfere.
The Supreme Court also framed nine questions for the adjudication to decide whether demonetization was unconstitutional or not.
The apex court will resume hearing the demonetization matter on December 14. The hearing had been adjourned on Monday and moved to Friday as CJI TS Thakur was on leave.
Several petitions were filed, including one by Vivek Narayan Sharma, against the policy that has caused massive upheavals across the nation. The petitioners have questioned the government’s rationale and modus operandi behind the implementation of the policy, as it has reportedly caused inconvenience to the general public.