Delhi HC dismisses plea against cash withdrawal limit for marriages

The Delhi HC did not find reason enough to intervene in cash withdrawal limit for marriages amid demonetisation drive


A file photo of the Delhi high court. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
A file photo of the Delhi high court. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking relaxation of the withdrawal limit of Rs2.5 lakh for marriages under the Centre’s demonetisation scheme.

The petition was filed by lawyer Birender Sangwan, who said that he would appeal the decision.

A bench comprising chief justice G. Rohini and justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal did not find reason enough to intervene in the case.

Sangwan’s plea had also sought a directive to enable court-related payments such as court fees and costs imposed for cancellation of warrants etc to be paid with the old Rs500 and Rs1,000 banknotes.

On the last day of hearing, Joginder Sukhija, lawyer for the petitioner, said, “Liberty must be given to the families to spend and such restriction amounts to infringement of our customs.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address to the nation on 8 November, had said Rs500 and Rs1,000 banknotes will cease to be legal tender as part of a crackdown on black money, and counterfeit currency notes that are being used to fund terrorist groups.

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