Supreme Court raps Modi-govt over demonetisation, asks why hospitals not accepting old notes

Written by | December 15, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday rapped the Narendra Modi government over demonetization.  Chief Justice of India, T. S. Thakur asked the Attorney General for India, AG Rohatgi as to how some people were getting money in lakhs and that too in new currency.

CJI Thakur took a dig at the Centre and asked how some people got lakhs of new currency when the others were not getting even Rs 24,000 a week. To this, Attorney General for India, AG Rohatgi said some bank managers are allegedly involved in illegal activities and the Government is acting against culprits.

The Supreme Court earlier on December 9 sought answers on nine issues from Narendra Modi government to judge whether the decision made by the government to demonetise old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes was constitutional.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur asked the Centre as to why the order for giving Rs 24,000 per week to a person is not being complied with. The bench asked, “Can we say that this will be the minimum assured weekly withdrawal amount that a person can get from the bank?”.

A slew of questions ranging from ‘who made the policy’ to ‘whether co-op banks can accept old notes’, were asked by the Supreme Court to the Centre. “If you (government) had fixed the withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000 per week per account, then it should not be denied by banks,” the bench said.

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