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Bombay High Court issues notice to Centre on PIL seeking to waive off penalty for not maintaining minimum balance in the account in view of Covid-19

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Mumbai Sept 11(ILNS): The Bombay High Court on September 08, issued notice to the Respondents including Union of India, in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking direction that the penalty imposed upon the customers for not maintaining minimum balance could not have been charged on account of Covid-19 pandemic which severely affected the business activities.

The PIL has been filed by one Sundeep in In-Person.

The Division Bench comprising of Justice Sunil B. Shukre and Justice Anil S. Kilor while considering the PIL issued notice to the Respondents.

The contention of the Petitioner is that due to lockdown imposed on account of Covid-19 pandemic since March 2019 most of the business activities were severely affected because of which many of the customers of the bank or the account holders could not maintain the minimum balance in their accounts and because of their such inability, which was on account of factors not within their control, the penalty that was imposed upon them for not maintaining minimum balance could not have been charged from such unfortunate customers of the bank.

The further contention of the Petitioner is that when the service charges levied on cash withdrawals from other bank ATMs were waived will 30th June 2020 and the adverse impact on the business activities continued for a much longer period of time, such waiver ought to have been continued for a further period of time, but it has not been continued.

Mugdha Chandurkar waives service of notice for Union of India./ILNS/SS/SNG

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