RBI won’t reveal demonetisation info, cites law on security, economic interests

Updated on Dec 25, 2016 10:55 PM IST
The Reserve Bank of India has refused to share details of its recommendations to the government to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes.
The Reserve Bank of India, which puts out the transcript of its monetary policy meeting, told RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak that documents pertaining to the demonetisation decision were exempt under section 8 (1) (a) of the information law.(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)
The Reserve Bank of India, which puts out the transcript of its monetary policy meeting, told RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak that documents pertaining to the demonetisation decision were exempt under section 8 (1) (a) of the information law.(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

The Reserve Bank of India has refused to share details of its recommendations to the government to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes.

The central bank, which puts out the transcript of its monetary policy meeting, told RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak that documents pertaining to the demonetisation decision were exempt under section 8 (1) (a) of the information law.

Read: RBI says ban on Rs 1000, Rs 500 notes proposed hours before PM’s speech

This clause allows government bodies to hold back information that can jeopardise the country’s sovereignty, security, and strategic or economic interests.

There was no explanation why the recommendation attracted this exemption. HT wrote on Friday that the decision to scrap high-value notes was cleared by the bank’s board hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision on national television on November 8.

The currency recall led to a severe cash crunch, forcing millions line up at banks and ATM kiosks for at least a month after the surprise move.

Read: Remove the veil of secrecy around demonetisation decision-making

The Opposition’s protests over demonetisation washed out the winter session of Parliament.

The RBI’s refusal is in line with a government official’s insistence that there was no need to go into the process of decision-making regarding the currency cull.

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    Aloke Tikku has covered internal security, transparency and politics for Hindustan Times. He has a keen interest in legal affairs and dabbles in data journalism.

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