India's central bank chief remains mum during demonetisation grilling

RBI Governor Urjit Patel. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi, India Jan 20, 2017, 03.24 PM (IST) Kartikeya Sharma

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Indian Parliament headed by KV Thomas grilled the Governor of Reserve Bank of India on Friday. Highly placed sources confirmed to WION that when members asked Urjit Patel as to who took the decision for demonetisation, Urjit Patel chose to remain silent. 

PAC also saw a heated debate between the opposition and ruling party members as some members said that committee meeting was on the state of the economy and not demonetisation per say. Sources also said that there were many questions on demonetisation on which Urjit Patel chose to remain silent or gave general answers.

The committee members also asked the RBI governor to look into cases of irregular deposits in the cooperative banks of which he took note of. Some members also requested the RBI that it must look into the issue of cess which is charged when a digital transaction takes place. The members were of the opinion that the current reprieve should continue till things normalise in the economic system.

Sources said that Patel will be called again for questioning as many questions remained answered. Both the PAC and the Standing Committee of Finance are looking into the issue of demonetisation.

(WION)