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Delhi HC dismisses PIL against RBI, SBI permitting Rs 2K note exchange without ID proof

IANS | May 29, 2023 11:36 AM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and State Bank of India (SBI) notifications, that permits exchange of notes without any identity proof.

A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad dismissed the petition after having reserved its judgement on May 23.

Detailed order is awaited.

The counsel for RBI Senior Advocate Parag P. Tripathi had last week objected to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) saying that it must be dismissed with exemplary costs.

The PIL was filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.

Tripathi had further said that this is a statutory exercise and not demonetisation.

"None of the points raised by my learned friend in any manner impinges upon the public issues, " he added.

The PIL said that the notifications -- published on May 19 and 20 -- were arbitrary and offended Article 14 of Constitution of India.

The plea also sought a direction to the RBI and SBI to make sure that Rs 2000 notes were deposited in respective bank accounts only, so that people having black money and disproportionate assets could be identified.

To weed out corruption, benami transactions and secure fundamental rights of citizens, the PIL, which has RBI, SBI and Union Ministries of Home Affairs and Finance as respondents, sought a direction to the Centre to take action regarding the same.

"Recently, it was announced by the Centre that every family has an Aadhaar Card and a Bank Account. Therefore, why RBI is permitting to exchange Rs 2000 banknotes without obtaining identity proof. It is also necessary to state that 80 crore BPL families receive free grains. It means 80 crore Indians rarely use Rs 2, 000 banknotes. Therefore, petitioner also seeks direction to RBI and SBI to take steps to ensure that Rs 2000 banknotes are deposited in bank account only, " the plea states.

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