Supreme Court on Tuesday threw light in the dark for those who failed to exchange demonetised notes within December 30, 2016 deadline. Giving another chance to people, who want to deposit the demonetised currency but could not do it for some genuine reason.
Supreme Court was a step away from ensuring an efficient exchange opportunity when the government relied on data through Solicitor General (SG), Ranjit Kumar who had asked for two weeks’ time in order to fetch the desired information regarding the instructions from the government.
“It will not be a general window but on a case to case basis. Give me two weeks, I will take instructions from the government,” he added.
SC had put an argument that genuine cases should not be punished by turning hard-earned money into trash. PM Narendra Modi on November 8, said those with genuine difficulties could expect a window after the year-end deadline and seems like the SC is already set to cater to problems faced by people who couldn’t get their money exchanged due to numerous reasons.
Petitions were filed in the SC and specific arrangements were asked to be framed for people to help them with the exchange of demonetized currency after the deadline. However, 10 petitions survived the SC’s stringent scrutiny and on Tuesday, the court sought Kumar’s response.
When the SG recapitulated the Centre’s constant stand, a bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said, “It is our duty to caution you. If a person is alone and suffered grave illness during the November 9 to December 30, it becomes absolutely impossible for him to deposit his old currency notes. If he can prove that it is his hard earned money and not somebody else’s, he would surely require the window you had promised.”
He added, “We ourselves (the bench) have rejected many petitions as we found their reasons not genuine. But those with genuine difficulty must get a chance to convince the authorities. If you do not agree to open a window, then we will say it is open for such persons who can prove genuineness of their money and difficulty to deposit within December 30 deadline to seek relief from the government.”