SUPREME COURT ON CLOSURE OF DEPOSIT OF OLD NOTES AFTER DECEMBER 31ST, 2016
The Supreme Court inquired about the reasons for which the Government chose to close the window allowing all categories of people to deposit old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 after December 31, 2016, under some special circumstances in the month of March’17 to which the Centre informed the Supreme Court that there is no need to open the window allowing all categories of people to deposit old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 after December 31, 2016 under some special circumstances.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar’s bench asked Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi to file an affidavit within two weeks explaining if the Government intends to open the window to deposit demonetised currency for all, if not then to explain the reasons.
The affidavit has mentioned about malpractices and irregularities committed by people during the demonetisation period from November 9, 2016 to December 31, 2016 and said the income tax department has initiated verification drive named “Open Clean Money” to leverage technology and data analysis for verification of cash deposits.
More than 3.78 lakh out of 18 lakh, high risk cases have been detected and have been taken up for assessment and investigation.
It further revealed seizure of undisclosed assets worth Rs 2890 crore. More than 15000 surveys which resulted detection of undisclosed income of more than Rs. 33,000 Crore.
The option for opening the window was closed after finding misuse of the money by some segment of people.
The court heard a group of Public Interest Litigation or PILs against the RBI and other banks for not accepting any deposits of old notes after December on either medical ground or any other unavoidable circumstances. The petitioners pointed out that Prime Minister in his speech had assured and subsequent RBI notification had also mentioned about deposit of old notes after December 2016 under special circumstances but that clause was taken away by the Government in the Specific Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities Act).
The Court will take up the Government affidavit on April 11, 2017.
The Indian Lawyer
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