New Delhi: In what can be seen as more trouble brewing for the Centre which is already facing criticism from a united opposition over demonetisation, the Madras High court has questioned the BJP-led government over the technicalities of the newly launched currency notes of Rs 2000.

The Madurai bench of Madras High Court has questioned the government that on what authority it has printed ‘Devanagari’ numericals on the new Rs 2,000 currency notes along with the regular English numerals.

Following a PIL filed by KPT Ganesan, a Madurai resident, the court has questioned the central government on its decision. The petitioner is also seeking a reply from the Finance Ministry.

The petitioner has argued his stand while citing Article 343 of the Constitution, according to which only international form of Indian numerals can be used for official purposes of the union.

Mentioning that the use of ‘Devanagari’ numerals is against the Indian constitution, the petitioner further asked the court to declare the new Rs 2,000 notes as ‘invalid’.

According to the petitioner, the Official languages Act, 1963 doesn’t allow any provision for the use of Devanagari numerals. He also pointed out that there is no record or evidence to show that the President of India agreed for any such usage of Devanagiri.

The petitioner while mentioning that the Centre had not passed any law in parliament to allow the usage of ‘Devanagari’ script on the newly launched currency, argued that these new notes be deemed as invalid.

So far there has been no official comment on this issue from the Centre. 

First Published | 22 November 2016 3:34 PM
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