While refusing to stay the Modi government's move to scrap ₹500 and ₹1000 notes, which is wreaking havoc in the lives of millions, the Supreme Court said that the Centre's demonetisation was more like "carpet bombing" instead of a surgical strike against black money.
"Discontinuing of higher denomination notes appears to be carpet bombing and not surgical strike," said a bench comprising of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.
The Supreme Court, which is hearing a bunch of petitions calling for an end to demonetisation, has asked the Centre to submit an affidavit on the steps which it has taken to ease public suffering.
"Carpenters, maids, vegetable sellers are dependent on cash. Are you capable of reducing their trauma? Your aim is to wipe out blackmoney but people are traumatised standing in queues for hours doing nothing," the bench said.
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