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Delhi HC to hear plea against Rs 2,000 notes on December 8

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday listed for Decemeber 8, hearing on the the plea seeking withdrawal of the newly introduced Rs 2,000 notes and roll-back of demonetisation.

“We will defer the matter for December 8 and wait for the Supreme Court’s direction on the Centre’s petition,” said a division Bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini.

The court order came while hearing various PILs, each challenging different provisions of the demonetisation decision. The court observed that the Supreme Court is seized with the petition of the Union government seeking a stay on proceedings before various high courts and other courts against government’s decision to demonetise high-value currency notes. 

One of the pleas filed by Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi-based fashion designer, said the decision was “arbitrary and unconstitutional”. The petition said that on November 8, the Central government issued two notifications under the RBI Act.

By the first notification, the high value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were banned and by the second notification, the notes were revalidated for certain categories like making payments in government hospitals, pharmacies, railway ticketing counters etc., said the plea. These two notifications run contrary to each other, the second notification superseded the first notification, and hence the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes must be accepted as legal tender, the petition added. 

The petition challenged the constitutionality and validity of the issuance of Rs 2,000 notes by the government contending that the notification directing the issuance of the Rs 2,000 notes is bad in law 
because under Section 24(2), no such notification for issuing/circulating bank notes can be passed. 
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