Roy wins race against time; beats odds

Good news friends. Our RTI activist Manoranjan Roy who petitioned the Bombay High Court against the RBI for inconsistencies in their data regarding the number of currency notes of various denominations has won the race against time that was mandated by the Bombay High Court. It may be recalled that the court on 8th July had set the deadline of 22nd July for the litigant to deposit one lakh rupees with the court if he wanted to proceed with the case to the next hearing which is slated for 29th July. Before I narrate the sequence of events that led to Roy escaping the virtual death trap, I will reproduce here the copy of the order below. To enable the learned counsel appearing for the petitioner to take instruction from the petitioner, this PIL was adjourned till 1 July 2016. Notwithstanding the displeasure recorded by the Court in the order dated 1 July 2016, learned advocate who appears for the petitioner today seeks permission to appear. 2. Though the petitioner is not entitled, only by way of indulgence, we grant time of two weeks to the petitioner subject to depositing a sum of Rs. 1 lakh in this Court towards costs of this petition. 3. We make it clear that if the petitioner fails to deposit the amount in the Court within a period of 2 weeks from today, the petition will stand dismissed for non-prosecution. Only, if the amount is deposited, it will be open for the new advocate to file vakalatnama after obtaining no objection from the earlier advocate. 4. Place the PIL on 29th July 2016 (HOB). The written order was loaded after 8.15 on 21 July 2016. Manoranjan Roy kept regularly checking for the loaded order and detected it. The next day morning he rushed to the High Court. The court authorities pointed out that there was a inconsistency in the order. The para numbered 2 states towards costs of this petition. The third paragraph states the petitioner has to deposit the amount in the court. After a long argument, the court authority asked Manoranjan Roy to deposit a Demand Draft worth Rs. 1 lakh. By that time it was 1.15 p.m. Roy rushed to State Bank of India which bluntly told him that the demand draft could not be issued for amounts more than Rs. 50,000 and they cannot issue two demand drafts on a day. He rushed to an adjoining bank and here again he met with stiff resistance. He however, managed to phone up one of his business friends who ensured that the draft was in place in the nick of time. Roy has already deposited the DD of Rs. one lakh with the Court. The next day of hearing is July 29th. Kindly wait for the drama to unfold. Having complied with the order, Roy will challenge the loaded order in the higher court.

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