Demonetisation | The story so far

HC dismisses plea to declare ₹2,000 note invalid

The new 2000 rupee notes.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation petition filed in November last with a plea to declare the newly introduced ₹ 2,000 currency notes invalid since they contain the numerals in Devanagari script also in addition to the international form of Indian numerals.

A Division Bench of Justices A. Selvam and P. Kalaiyarasan refused to hear the case after they were informed that the Supreme Court was seized of all cases that were filed across the country in connection with demonetisation of the old ₹500 and ₹1,000 currency notes and consequential actions taken by the Centre.

The judges, however, gave liberty to the petitioner, ‘Agri’ K.P.T. Ganesan, former chairman of Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Marketing Board, to approach either the apex court or other appropriate forum to get his grievance redressed on the ground that the law does not permit use of Devanagari form of numerals in currency notes.

The present petition had been filed by relying upon Article 343 of the Constitution which states that only international form of Indian numerals should be used for all official purposes of the State though the President may authorise the use of Devanagari numerals for a period of 15 years from the commencement of the Constitution.

“I state that the Constitution came into force on January 26, 1950... but within 15 years from the date of such commencement, the President did not authorise the use of Devanagiri form of numerals. Even in the Officials Languages Act of 1963, there is no provision for the use of Devanagari numerals,” the petitioner claimed in his affidavit.

Though he had also questioned the authority of the Centre to issue currency notes in the denomination of Rs.2,000 itself; the court had rejected that claim at the admission stage itself, last year, by referring to Section 24 of the Reserve Bank of India Act of 1934 which authorises issue of bank notes of any denomination up to the value of Rs.10,000.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jan 22, 2022 10:52:50 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/disposal/article17367662.ece

In This Package
Why no category for those who could not exchange banned notes by Dec. 30 was created, SC asks Centre
Will not buckle under pressure to extend banned notes deposit period: Centre
Why you went back on promise to extend cut-off date to deposit old notes, SC asks govt.
You are reading
HC dismisses plea to declare ₹2,000 note invalid
Awaiting judgment on demonetisation
SC dismisses plea seeking to lift '100 p.c. tax exemption' granted to political parties
What happens to old notes tied up in court cases, asks advocate
Cash crunch till January, says govt.
Centre disputes RBI’s deposit count
Demonetisation a visionary step: Shah
Nationwide black money chase continues
Curbing black money is my agenda, says PM
Demonetisation a ‘calamity’, says Chidambaram
Govt. to hold lucky draws to boost digital transactions
ED files laundering plaints with CBI
The panel headed by the IT Secretary will recommend measures to address risks.
Panel to study security risks amid Centre’s digital push
Jan Dhan account holders can withdraw only up to Rs. 10,000 a month
Submit your Nov. 8-Dec. 31 bank transactions, Modi tells Ministers, BJP lawmakers
Mixed response to nationwide protest call against demonetisation
Modi urges country to become a cashless society
Modi thanks people for their ‘historic participation’ in demonetisation survey
Mamata hits Delhi streets, lashes out at Modi
Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.
Govt. shifts focus on steps to boost digital transactions
Cartoonscape - November 25, 2016
Cartoonscape - November 23, 2016
Cartoonscape - November 22, 2016
Cartoonscape - November 21, 2016
Cartoonscape - November 18, 2016
Cartoonscape - November 14, 2016
Cartoonscape - November 12, 2016
Cartoonscape - November 11, 2016
Cartoonscape — November 10, 2016
It's the beginning of a 'long, deep and constant' battle against black money: Modi
The warp and woof of demonetisation
High Court to hear plea against demonetisation
Demonetisation may cost them dear
Sri Lanka’s demonetisation pinched only the rich
SC fears riots, says people are frantic due to demonetisation
Few fuel stations dispense currency
Small-time builders take a big hit
Cash furore brings House to a halt again
Property registrations plummet 35%
Demonetisation issue brings Parliament to a halt
Cash cut mints new political ties
Demonetisation disrupts rural and agrarian economy in Gujarat
Notes were printed only after Sept. 4
Now, Gates has ‘no opinion’ on demonetisation
Govt seeks SC stay of demonetisation cases in High Courts
EC writes to Central govt. on indelible ink issue
Something more coming: Venkaiah
KCR to meet Modi on demonetisation
Parliament Proceedings, November 17, 2016
Next Story