Delhi HC dismisses plea for relaxation of cash withdrawal for weddings


In a brief order passed today, 30 November 2016, a two-judge bench of the Delhi high court, comprising, Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, dismissed a PIL petition in which a prayer had been made for relaxation of the cash withdrawal limit of ₹ 2,50,000 for weddings, after the demonetization of ₹ 1000 and ₹ 500 currency notes by the Government of India. This order was passed by the high court in the case of Birender Sangwan v. Union of India & Ors. [W.P.(C) 11234/2016].

It is noteworthy that after the demonetisation of the said currency notes, the Central Government had fixed a limit of Rs. 2,50,000 for cash withdrawal for a wedding, after completing formalities about submission of information about the wedding. The petitioner in the said petition had contended that this limit was arbitrary and deserves to be relaxed in view of the customary donations at the time of a wedding in India.

The Government of India had justified the said ceiling on cash withdrawal submitting that a relaxation of the same would result in misuse of this facility.

The court agreed with the submissions of the Central Government and dismissed he said petition with a brief order.

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