Delhi Govt to increase court fees by 10-fold
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Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011, 23:16
New Delhi: Your legal battle may soon get costlier with Delhi Government on Monday deciding to increase the court fees by 10-fold to shore up its coffers by around Rs 450 crore annually.

A Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today approved the Court Fees (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2011 which seeks to enhance the court fees on various instruments and documents. The bill will be placed before the Delhi Assembly during the Monsoon session.

Justifying the decision, Revenue Minister A K Walia said the court fees were last amended in 1958 by the Punjab Government which were extended to Delhi and the same have continued till date in the national capital.

"The rates were fixed way back in 1958. They are still continuing. That is why we wanted to rationalise the rates," said Walia.

The revenue collection from court fees will go up to Rs 500 crore annually from current Rs 50 crore when the new rates come into effect.

The Court Fees Act, 1870 provides for levy of court fees on various documents and instruments at the time of filing or presenting such documents before the courts.

The Cabinet also discussed the issue of resentment among certain section for use of the word 'Chuhra' to specify the caste of those belonging to the Valmiki Community while issuance of caste certificate to them.

The Cabinet decided to stop use of the particular word with immediate effect and decided to send a communication to the Union Home Ministry for making an amendment in this regard in the relevant law.


First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 23:16

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