A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in Calcutta High Court on Wednesday against the demonetisation of high value currency notes by the Centre.
The PIL was filed by Imran Khan,the younger son of Javed Khan, state minister of disaster managerment. Imran Khan told The Statesman,“It is an anti-people step that is targeting the weaker section of the society by snatching away their livelihood. What about those who are mentally challenged, handicapped and who are admitted in the ICU?” Advocate Akbar Ali, counsel for another petitioner Aludin Mondol told The Statesman, “My client is 100 per cent blind. He is unable to fill the form or exchange money. We are challenging a particular clause in the notification which stated that only the individual can himself or herself can go and change the currency, no other authorised representative can change the money.
This is disadvantageous as there are many senior citizens, ailing persons who are unable to go to the banks, thus are unable to buy the essential food commodities. It should be seen that the requisition slip which issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been published only in English and not in any regional languages (Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Marathi and others), he maintained. “Why such discrimination?” he asked.