Was demonetisation draft confidential, Supreme Court asks Modi government

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Narendra Modi government whether the demonetisation draft prepared by it was actually confidential.

While hearing a batch of petitions and PILs over the demonetisation issue, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) also asked the government why the order of granting limit of Rs 24,000 per day to a person had not been complied with. The court has set December 14 as the next date of hearing on the issue.

Supreme Court today framed 9 questions for adjudication to decide whether demonetisation was unconstitutional or not.

On Monday, the hearing on the issue could not be held as CJI TS Thakur was on leave. Several people have filed petitions against the Modi government’s move across the country, terming it as irrational and a cause of great inconvenience to the general public. It should be mentioned that the Supreme Court had sent notices to all the petitioners who have challenged the demonetisation move in different courts. The Modi government had filed a plea seeking transfer of cases filed by these petitioners to the Supreme Court or the high courts.

The Modi government has been facing intense criticism from the opposition over its decision, with political parties claiming the decision is against the interests of common man.