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Todays Date
25 November 2017
New Delhi: Justice Tirath Singh Thakur taking oath as the new Chief Justice of India, during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh (PTI12_3_2015_000067B)

Chief Justice Thakur flooded with petitions against demonetisation, says there’s ‘too much chaos’

Tired of the unending chaos outside ATMs and banks? The situation is almost the same in the courtroom of Chief Justice TS Thakur in the Supreme Court while he hears an avalanche of petitions that have come in challenging the government’s move and worse, several lawyers arguing in unison.

There are already 25 petitions before the Bench and if it indeed transfers all the pleas across the country lying in various high courts, there are up to 70 more coming.

“This is not a fish market. If all of you start arguing together, I will have to defer the matter. This is a court there should be some decorum,” the CJI keeps telling the lawyers though it falls on deaf ears most of the time.

‘TOO MUCH CHAOS’

Noting that there was “too much chaos”, the Bench said there was need to categorise petitions and streamline the hearing.

Adjourning hearing in the case to Monday, the court asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Centre to sit with senior lawyer Kapil Sibal – who appeared for three of the petitioners, and make a list of the cases and identify the issue so that there could be a systematic hearing.

“We have to streamline the hearing. Some clarity is required. Mr. (Kapil) Sibal you sit with the Attorney General over the weekend and please find some solution as to how we go about it… When everyone starts speaking together nothing is possible. I am adjourning the matter to Monday. Give a list setting out category of cases. Categorise areas which require scrutiny,” the CJI told Sibal and Rohatgi.

VARIOUS KINDS OF PETITIONS FILED

All kinds of petitions are being filed in the apex court on the issue. One lawyer ML Sharma has urged the court to stay circulation of Rs 2,000 notes as its colour wears off.

Another lawyer wants demonetisation of all notes above Rs 100 to crack down on black money more effectively.

One Sangam Lal Pandey has also pointed out various practical difficulties faced by the public due to the sudden discontinuation of the notes. He has submitted that various private hospitals are refusing to accept notes of denomination 500 and 1,000.

Besides that, other grounds like initiation of marriage ceremonies, difficulties in travelling by public transport, etc. have been raised by Pandey.

Before adjourning the matter, the court asked the Centre to spell out measures taken to ease the sufferings and inconvenience of people in rural areas, who are mostly dependent on co-operative banks, post-demonetisation.

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