SC directs govt to decide on the representation and examine the individual grievances within a period of 12 weeks
On Tuesday, The Supreme Court refused to consider individual cases seeking acceptance of demonetised currency notes of Rs.1,000 and Rs.500 denominations. It directed the petitioners to approach the government with representation.
A bench of Justices B R Gavai and Vikram Nath said after the constitution bench judgment, the court does not think to exercise its jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution in individual cases to accept demonetised currency notes. However, the bench allowed the individual petitioners to approach the government with representation.
The bench said petitioners might have genuine grievances, but in view of the upholding of the enactment, no relief could be granted by this court.
It further added if petitioners are not satisfied with the response of the Central government, then they could move to the high court concerned.
As a counsel submitted, “Why should such people be made to suffer?”, the bench said that genuine hardships may be caused, but it cannot be a ground for this court to interfere, and the matter should be examined by the government.
The bench directed the government to decide on the representation and examine the individual grievances within a period of 12 weeks.
In January this year, the Supreme Court, in a majority judgment, upheld the Centre’s decision to demonetise the Rs.1,000 and Rs.500 denomination notes, saying the November 8, 2016 notification (demonetisation) does not suffer any flaws in the decision-making process and also satisfies the test of proportionality.
The apex court ruled that decisions such as if the demonetisation of Rs.500 notes or just the denomination of Rs.1,000 notes should have been done falls in the realm of expertise and hence is not a matter for judicial review.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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Can the court direct itself to decide matters in a time bound manner? That would be the greatest service to the nation.