What to Do If Shopkeeper Refuses to Accept ₹2000 Currency Note?

In a major move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to withdraw ₹ 2000 Currency Notes from the economy. However, it has been clearly mentioned in the note that ₹ 2000 Currency Note will remain legal tender.

Anyone having ₹ 2000 Currency Note need not to worry, they can exchange or deposit or even use the ₹ 2000 Currency Note till 30th September.

However, as per some reports shopkeepers, and malls are refusing to accept the ₹ 2000 Currency Note, which as per current law is illegal and impermissible.

But this should also be kept in mind that there should be reasonableness in the transaction as if you cannot offer ₹2000 Currency Note for purchasing goods worth ₹10 or ₹100.

What is the Remedy?

So, if a shopkeeper refuses to accept ₹ 2000 Currency Note a complaint can be made against the person or shopkeeper, and the shopkeeper may be subjected to harsh legal punishment. 

The Indian Currency Act and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servants) permit FIRs to be filed against such persons, according to NCIB (National Crime Investigation Bureau). In addition, the police can be contacted right away for assistance.

In 2017, a case came out, where FIR was registered against a shopkeeper at Joura town in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly refusing to accept Rs 10 coins. The buyer had offered two coins of Rs 10 to buy a handkerchief. The shopkeeper refused to accept the coins.

An FIR under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) was registered against the shopkeeper.

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