Demonetisation chaos: Control the situation else there may be riots, Supreme Court tells Modi govt

The Calcutta High Court observed that the common man and not black money has been hit by the Modi government's move.

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over the situation prevailing in the aftermath of demonetisation move by the Modi government.

Asking the government to ease the situation, the court observed if hardship continues “we may have riots” as “people have become frantic” through standing in queues for long hours.

“That only shows the magnitude of the problem. The problem is serious. You can’t shut them from coming to courts. People are frantic to get money. People are affected. We may have riots in the streets. Let them go (to the courts),” said a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Anil R. Dave as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi urged the court to stay all such proceeding in High Courts and subordinate courts.

The Calcutta High Court on Friday meanwhile lashed out at the Modi government over the demonetisation issue.

The court has asked the government to address grievances by November 25. “Centre has not applied its mind properly, everyday they are changing procedures, means there was no homework,” the court observed.

Chaotic scenes can be witnessed at banks and ATMs on the ninth day since the demonetisation move.