India has been taken by storm thanks to the demonetization policy introduced by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Ever since the announcement, the Center has been under close scrutiny by the judicial system of the country as it has filed a number of petitions against the policy. It has also requested that all the petitions made against demonetization in High Courts be moved to the Supreme Court or to one particular High Court. With all this action in the fore, the Center has been in a tight spot for quite some time now.
So, the Supreme Court’s declaration that will hear all the petitions against demonetization has definitely come as a welcome change. The Apex Court also declared that it will think about the inconvenience of handling similar petitions in multiple courts. It also assured the petitioners that the Constitution of India will be advised to see if the declaration made by the PM confirms to it or not.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while representing the petitioners who are against demonetization said that the Center should be dealt by the Supreme Court with a heavy hand on the whole demonetization issue. He said, “Demonetization is an unconstitutional step and its constitutional validity is not known. As of now, the step has only caused serious problem to the Indian citizens, businessmen and farmers. Thanks to the lack of cash, the common Indian folks are starving and have no idea what to do.”