Demonetisation showed fake currency was a myth, says Bombay High Court
The court asked the Reserve Bank of India why it felt the need to constantly change the sizes and features of currency notes and coins.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday said the government’s demonetisation exercise showed that it was a myth that fake currency was in circulation.
While hearing hearing a public interest litigation seeking to make currency notes and coins easily identifiable for vision-impaired people, the court asked the Reserve Bank of India why it kept changing the sizes and features of currency notes, The Indian Express reported.
“You [government] keep saying it is because of fake currency,” a bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice NM Jamdar said. “I doubt that reason. Demonetisation showed that it was a myth that Rs 10,000 crore were taken away by Pakistan.”
“What is the compulsion of RBI to change features of notes from time to time,” the court added. “What is the compulsion of RBI to change the size of the notes?” The court directed the Reserve Bank of India to file an affidavit explaining its reasons within two weeks. The court will take up the matter in three weeks’ time.
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