The Supreme Court will hear all petitions including the transfer petition filed by Government of India on December 2. On Friday, the Supreme Court bench observed, 'We will examine the inconvenience aspect and constitutional validity of the November 8 notification on demonetisation.'
A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice DY Chandrachud said, "we will examine both aspects (inconvenience and constitutional validity) of the matter. Come on Friday at 2 PM".
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur has also added, "Let us see, what can be done. This is a serious matter." Lawyer & one of the petitioners, Manohar Lal Sharma, told the apex court that only public is suffering due to demonetisation & not the political leaders.
The bench, meanwhile, asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, to file additional affidavit, if any, explaining the 'schemes and steps' taken to ease the situation that has arisen due to demonetisation. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for one of the petitioners who has challenged the Centre's November 8 decision on demonetisation, said the court should start hearing the matter from Tuesday itself.
Rohatgi, however, opposed the contention and said let all the petitioners, who have approached various high courts on the issue, come to the apex court which would take a call on December 2 as to whether the Supreme Court or the Delhi High Court would hear them all.
Centre has recently moved the apex court seeking transferof all the petitions pending in various high courts to either the Supreme Court or one of the high courts.
On Thursday, centre had filed an affidavit in the apex court on demonetisation and had said that the "bold move" would eradicate black money and slush funds operating sinceIndependence which cast a "parallel economy" hitting the poor and the middle class.