Abhishek Shukla, who was booked by police as an alleged bookie but later set free along with former cricketer S Sreesanth in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has moved the Supreme Court requesting it to allow him to exchange Rs 5.5 lakh in demonetised notes that were seized from him during the probe.
Shukla claimed the money was returned to him in February this year, much after the deadline to exchange old currency was over.
Shukla was booked by Delhi Police in the scandal and the notes were seized from him on September 25, 2013.
Taking note of his grievance, a bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar asked his counsel, Manjeet Singh Ahluwalia, to produce the seizure memo that Delhi Police prepared at the time. The document must have kept a record of the specific currency, it said.
Shukla said he was not at fault because the money was lying with Delhi Police in the Malkhana. If there is a default, it was on the part of Delhi Police, he said.
Ahluwalia asked the court to issue a direction to the Centre and the RBI to allow Shukla to deposit the notes with an explanation for not being able to deposit it during the post-demonetisation period.
Shukla claimed he had personally visited the RBI office, but the bank had declined to exchange the old notes, pointing to the December 30, 2016 ordinance that makes possession of such currency a criminal offence.
He has placed on record the RBI’s March 7 letter, which declined his request. The bank told him that except Indian citizens who were outside the country between November 9 and December 30, 2016, it will not be accepting any demonetised notes.