November 21, 2016
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday asked the Ministry of Finance to reply over the usage of Devanagari numerals in the new Rs 2,000 notes.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by T. Ganesan. The petition said that it was unconstitutional for the Rs. 2000 to carry Devanagiri numerals.
The petitioner argued that only Indian numbers could be used for official purposes under Article 343.
Stating that there was no provision under Official Languages Act of 1963 to use the Devanagari numbers, the petitioner said the Union Government went ahead to print the new notes without passing any law in the Parliament and therefore it should be declared invalid.
Hearing the argument, the court directed the Finance Ministry to give a reply.