The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre whether its decision to bring in demonetisation was taken in absolute secrecy while hearing a bunch of petitions questioning the Narendra Modi government’s rationale behind the implementation of the policy.
“When you made the policy on demonetisation, was it confidential?” the top court asked.
Chief Justice TS Thakur also asked why the Centre’s order granting limit of Rs 24,000 per day to a person had not been complied with.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who was appearing on behalf of a petitioner, told the court that there was no preparation on part of the government to deal with the impending situation caused by demonetisation.
“There was no cash in ATMs, recalibration was not done well and cooperative banks were being discriminated against,” Bhushan said.
Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, however, told the court that the government had taken “all the necessary steps to ease the inconvenience of the public”.
The top court was hearing a batch of petitions and public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the demonetisation drive, which came into effect on November 8.