Demonetization: SC transfers petitions to 5-judge constitution bench

The apex court also asked the government to fulfil the commitment of Rs 24,000 withdrawal per week to the extent possible.

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The Supreme Court bench hearing the petitions against demonetization transferred the matter to a five judge constitution bench on Friday and stayed all matters pertaining to various High Courts.

The Supreme Court refused to extend the use of demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in government utility centres like hospitals, railway tickets etc. It asked the government to fulfill the commitment of Rs 24,000 withdrawal per week to the extent possible.  

The apex court said that it won't interfere in the government's decision and would refer petitions challenging November 8 notification on demonetization to five-judge Constitution bench by framing nine questions for adjudication. The bench will explore constitutionality of the demonetization.

The Supreme Court also accepted the assurance of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that Rs 8,000 crore collected by district cooperative banks between November 11 to 14 will be allowed to be exchanged. 

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal had said earlier that the use of demonetized Rs 500 notes has come to an end and some order needed to be passed.

On Thursday, the court had said that the Centre should adhere to its notification that allowed withdrawal of Rs 24,000 per week from bank accounts after demonetization of high-value currency notes.



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