Kanchan Rui Das moved a petition before a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty claiming that banks were not exchanging coins for currency notes which has affected his profession of begging.
Claiming that Rs 1 and Rs 2 coins posed the biggest problems, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that PSU banks were refusing to accept these and thus he was saddled with a large number of coins.
Appearing for Reserve Bank of India, counsel Suchismita Ghosh Chatterjee submitted that coins from Re 1 upwards are legal tender.
Chatterjee also submitted that the petitioner has not made allegation against any particular bank or its branch, reported PTI. The court noted that the petitioner has not made any particular bank a party in his petition.
The bench gave Das the liberty to make a fresh application with proper details, while allowing him to withdraw his present petition.