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Union govt holding back crucial demonetisation documents, P Chidambaram tells Supreme Court

The Union government is holding back crucial documents related to the demonetisation in November 2016, Congress MP P Chidambaram told the Supreme Court on Thursday.

He was appearing as a counsel for one of the petitioners who have challenged the move. The top court is hearing a batch of 58 petitions challenging the demonetisation.

The petitioners have claimed that the exercise violated several constitutional rights of citizens, such as the right to property (Article 300A), right to equality (Article 14), right to carry on any trade, business or occupation (Article 19) and right to life and right to livelihood (Article 21).

“We still do not have the November 7 [2016] letter from the Centre to the Reserve Bank of India, the agenda note placed before the Central Board of the Reserve Bank, the minutes of the Central Board meeting and their recommendations, and the actual Cabinet decision on November 8,” Live Law quotes Chidambaram as saying.

“These documents have not yet been placed in the public domain, despite the passage of six years,” he added.

Chidambaram made the submission before a Constitution bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer, BR Gavai, AS Bopanna, V Ramasubramanian and BV Nagarathna.

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