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15 PILs on note ban: SC hearing on Friday


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice Dr D Y Chandrachud will be hearing at 2 PM on Friday 15 petitions that have been clubbed together on various aspects of the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, including the constitutional validity of the government’s decision and curbs on withdrawals of even legitimate money from banks and ATMs.

These petitions include those filed before different High Courts as the Bench had asked the Centre on November 24 to serve them notices to enable it to consider its plea for bunching all cases before it or before a single High Court for convenience.

On November 25, the Apex Court had also directed the Centre to file an additional affidavit on schemes and steps taken to ease the troublesome situation of putting people in wilderness to get own money from the banks.

While most of the petitions are for different reliefs against the orders issued by the government and the RBI, there are some seeking to strike down the demonetisation drive and even declare the new currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 carrying the denomination figure in Devnagri not allowed under the Indian Constitution.

The last petition entertained by the Court on Tuesday and clubbed for hearing on Friday is from the cooperative banks of Kerala against the RBI order derecognising them for any role in the demonetisation drive.