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Assam prisoners move court on depositing demonetised cash

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

The Gauhati High today gave time till December two to the Centre and the Government to inform it about the process they would adopt to enable prisoners deposit demonetised currency notes in their bank accounts.

Justice Suman Shyam fixed the matter for further hearing of a filed by 11 Guwahati Central Jail prisoners on November 23 seeking appropriate direction to the Centre, government, Reserve and the jail authorities to make necessary arrangement for exchanging the currency notes.

The inmates, undergoing rigorous imprisonment for life, in their submitted that it became a problem for the prisoners, confined in jail, to deposit in hand of more than Rs 50,000 in demonetised currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

As their family members could deposit Rs 50,000 only in the respective accounts of the jail inmates, the prisoners appealed that they be allowed to visit their respective banks for depositing their in hand.

They also appealed that the alternatively allow the inmates to go on parole for a few days so that they might visit their respective banks to operate their accounts and deposit their demonetised money.

Advocate Amit Goyal appearing for the inmates said before the High that until arrangement for exchange or deposit of the demonetised in hand of the prisoners is made, the inmates would suffer from natural justice and biases contradicting the provisions of the Constitution in respect of enforcing their fundamental rights.

Not making arrangement for exchange of demonetised currency of the prisoners amounts to denial of equality before law or the equal protection as given to citizens under Article 14, Goyal said.

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First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 16:57 IST