Directs Centre, RBI to produce records relating to govt’s decision
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to put on record relevant records relating to the government’s 2016 decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination for its perusal.
Reserving its verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the Centre’s 2016 decision, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice S A Nazeer heard the submissions from Attorney General R Venkataramani, RBI’s counsel, and the petitioners’ lawyers, including senior advocates P Chidambaram and Shyam Divan.
The top court directed the parties to file written submissions by December 10.
“Heard. Judgement reserved. Learned counsels of the Union of India and Reserve Bank of India are directed to produce the relevant records,” the bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai, A S Bopanna, V Ramasubramanian, and B V Nagarathna, said.
The AG submitted before the bench that he will submit relevant records in a sealed cover.
The top court was hearing a batch of 58 petitions challenging the demonetisation announced by the Centre on November 8, 2016.
The apex court had on Tuesday said that limited scope of a judicial review in economic policy matters does not mean that the court will fold its hands and sit back, observing that the manner in which a decision is taken by the government can always be examined.