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Convicts approach Gauhati HC seeking to exchange old notes

Guwahati: As many as 11 Central Jail inmates approached the Gauhati High Court on Wednesday seeking appropriate directions to the Centre, Assam government, RBI and the jail authorities to make necessary arrangements for them to exchange their now defunct Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes.

The inmates, undergoing life sentence terms, moved the High Court contending it has become a problem for the prisoners to deposit their cash in hand.

The cash was all in demonetised notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000.

As their family members could deposit Rs. 50,000 only in the respective accounts of the inmates, the prisoners appealed that they may be allowed to visit their respective banks for depositing the cash in hand.

They also appealed that the court alternatively allow the inmates to go on parole for a few days so that they may visit their respective banks to operate their accounts and deposit their demonetised money.

They sought further directions to the respondents, particularly RBI, to provide facilities by way of sending officials of the respective banks to the jail premises for exchanging the demonetised notes.

PTI