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Central Information Commission (CIC): The present matter was taken up by Sudhir Bhargava (Information Commissioner), under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Appellant had sought information primarily on two points under the Right to Information Act, 2005, which was:

  • Total number of currency notes of Rs 2000 printed daily from 09-11-2016 to 30-11-2016; and
  • Total Number of currency notes of Rs 500 printed daily from 09-11-2016 to 30-11-2016.

Further, a second appeal was filed on the grounds that the CPIO concerned denied information under Section 8(1)(a) of the RTI Act.

According to the respondent and the submissions made on his behalf, he had submitted response to the RTI application and explained that the nature of currency printing and allied activities call for utmost exclusivity and confidentiality. He further stated that the information cannot be shared with the public at large, lest this result in proliferation of counterfeit currency and economic chaos. Disclosure of the details as regards quantity manufactured during specific period of printing need not be made known to the general public so as to safeguard the integrity of currency and to guard against counterfeiters, such information is exempted from disclosure under Section 8(1)(a) of the RTI Act.

However, the Commission on perusal of the records and submissions made, noted that the information i.e. the total number of currency notes printed daily is not so sensitive so as to attract the exemption provisions under Section 8(1)(a), RTI Act as it relates to a past event and it cannot be presumed that its disclosure would lead to divulging the other non-disclosable information pertaining to the printing of currency notes.

Thus the CPIO was directed to furnish information as asked in point number 1 & 2 within 4 weeks from the receipt of order. [Harinder Dhingra v. CPIO, Bhartiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran (P) Ltd.,2018 SCC OnLine CIC 1607, Order dated 05-12-2018]

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Supreme Court: Responding to the Notice issued by the bench of J.S. Khehar, CJ and Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud, J asking the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India to consider the option of allow the deposit of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes to those who were not able to deposit the demonetised notes due to genuine and compelling reasons, the Centre and the RBI said that the last window for depositing the demonetised notes cannot be allowed as it will defeat the purpose of demonetisation and the efforts of eliminating black money. It was submitted that if the window is allowed, it could result into increase in benami transactions for producing and depositing old notes and it will make it difficult for departments to distinguish genuine cases from bogus ones.

Earlier this month, stating that genuine cases deserve a chance to deposit the old notes, the Court had explained that if a person was in jail during the period and was not able to deposit the notes without any fault of his then how can such person be barred.

Source: HT

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Supreme Court: The bench of J.S. Khehar, CJ and Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud, J asked the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India to consider the option of allow the deposit of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes to those who were not able to deposit the demonetised notes due to0 genuine and compelling reasons.

Citing an example of one such situation, the Court said that if a person was in jail during the period and was not able to deposit the notes without any fault of his then how can such person be barred.

The Court has granted 2 weeks’ time to the Centre and RBI to submit their response.

Source: PTI