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Delhi HC seeks Centre, RBI reply on card payment surcharge

Delhi HC asked Centre and RBI to file replies on a PIL for framing of guidelines to prevent charging of surcharge on transactions through credit/debit cards

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The on Wednesday asked the Centre and the to file replies on a PIL for framing of guidelines to prevent charging of surcharge on transactions through credit/debit cards.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal sought responses from the Minister and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by January 4, 2017.

In August, the bench had asked the Centre and the to consider the plea of lawyer Amit Sahni on the same issue and pass orders accordingly.

Sahni has now again filed the plea, saying no decision was taken on his representation despite court orders.

Moving the fresh plea, Sahni said card and cash payments are treated unequally due to the surcharge which he dubbed "arbitrary and against equality enshrined in the Constitution of India".

The petition sought appropriate guidelines to prevent this "discriminatory" surcharge.

"Illegal, unequal and arbitrary treatment is being given across the country on transactions done through credit/by levying a surcharge of 2.5 per cent or more, while such surcharge is not levied when payment is done by cash," the plea said.

"The said the practice has not only caused discrimination but also promoted circulation of black money across the country. The indifferent or unequal treatment given in case payment is made through credit/or in cash is arbitrary and against the equality of law, as enshrined in the Constitution of India," said the petitioner.

He said India is one of the most cash-intensive economies in the world and there is urgent need to incentivise credit/transactions and dis-incentivise cash transactions.

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Delhi HC seeks Centre, RBI reply on card payment surcharge

Delhi HC asked Centre and RBI to file replies on a PIL for framing of guidelines to prevent charging of surcharge on transactions through credit/debit cards

Delhi HC asked Centre and RBI to file replies on a PIL for framing of guidelines to prevent charging of surcharge on transactions through credit/debit cards

The on Wednesday asked the Centre and the to file replies on a PIL for framing of guidelines to prevent charging of surcharge on transactions through credit/debit cards.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal sought responses from the Minister and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by January 4, 2017.

In August, the bench had asked the Centre and the to consider the plea of lawyer Amit Sahni on the same issue and pass orders accordingly.

Sahni has now again filed the plea, saying no decision was taken on his representation despite court orders.

Moving the fresh plea, Sahni said card and cash payments are treated unequally due to the surcharge which he dubbed "arbitrary and against equality enshrined in the Constitution of India".

The petition sought appropriate guidelines to prevent this "discriminatory" surcharge.

"Illegal, unequal and arbitrary treatment is being given across the country on transactions done through credit/by levying a surcharge of 2.5 per cent or more, while such surcharge is not levied when payment is done by cash," the plea said.

"The said the practice has not only caused discrimination but also promoted circulation of black money across the country. The indifferent or unequal treatment given in case payment is made through credit/or in cash is arbitrary and against the equality of law, as enshrined in the Constitution of India," said the petitioner.

He said India is one of the most cash-intensive economies in the world and there is urgent need to incentivise credit/transactions and dis-incentivise cash transactions.

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Delhi HC seeks Centre, RBI reply on card payment surcharge

Delhi HC asked Centre and RBI to file replies on a PIL for framing of guidelines to prevent charging of surcharge on transactions through credit/debit cards

The on Wednesday asked the Centre and the to file replies on a PIL for framing of guidelines to prevent charging of surcharge on transactions through credit/debit cards.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal sought responses from the Minister and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by January 4, 2017.

In August, the bench had asked the Centre and the to consider the plea of lawyer Amit Sahni on the same issue and pass orders accordingly.

Sahni has now again filed the plea, saying no decision was taken on his representation despite court orders.

Moving the fresh plea, Sahni said card and cash payments are treated unequally due to the surcharge which he dubbed "arbitrary and against equality enshrined in the Constitution of India".

The petition sought appropriate guidelines to prevent this "discriminatory" surcharge.

"Illegal, unequal and arbitrary treatment is being given across the country on transactions done through credit/by levying a surcharge of 2.5 per cent or more, while such surcharge is not levied when payment is done by cash," the plea said.

"The said the practice has not only caused discrimination but also promoted circulation of black money across the country. The indifferent or unequal treatment given in case payment is made through credit/or in cash is arbitrary and against the equality of law, as enshrined in the Constitution of India," said the petitioner.

He said India is one of the most cash-intensive economies in the world and there is urgent need to incentivise credit/transactions and dis-incentivise cash transactions.

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