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SC refuses to stay high court hearings against Modi govt's note ban

In another blow to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay proceedings in seven high courts against the Modi government's decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The court issued notices to the petitioners who have challenged the demonetisation move on various grounds, including calling the decision illegal. Some have also questioned the limits on cash withdrawals.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, however, refused to stay the proceedings and ordered the next hearing on December 2.

The Central government had approached the apex court seeking transfer of the cases, contending that proceedings in various courts were creating difficulties.

The court had on Monday agreed to hear on November 23 the government's plea that all demonetisation cases be shifted to one high court or the Supreme Court. The transfer plea was filed by attorney general Mukul Rohatgi.

The court had on November 18 had cautioned the government saying the long queues outside banks and post offices was a "serious issue," the situation was serious and there could be riots.