Declare Rs 2,000 note invalid, PIL in Madras HC demands

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MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Monday asked the Union finance ministry on what authority the Devanagari form of the numeral 2,000 has been used in the recently released Rs 2,000 currency notes.
The court raised the question when a public interest litigation filed by KPT Ganesan of Madurai came up for hearing before it.
The petitioner’s counsel argued that the note released by the Reserve Bank of India has the Devanagari form of the numeral 2,000, the use of which is against the Indian Constitution.
According to Article 343 of the Constitution, the form of numerals to be used for the official purposes of the union should be the international form of the Indian numerals. The Parliament should pass a law to use the Devanagari form of the numeral on currency notes. Besides, the President had to pass orders within 15 years of the commencement of the Constitution authorising the use of such numeral forms. No such order has been passed, the petitioner argued.
He also said there is no provision under the Official Languages Act enacted in 1963 to use the Devanagari numeral. Hence, the Rs 2,000 note should be declared invalid.
The court directed the central government counsel to get a reply from the finance ministry.

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