Following protests from the Bar Associations in Punjab, the state government on Wednesday decided to re-examine the recent hike in judicial stamp fee charges and stayed the hike till further instructions.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting with a deputation of the representatives of Bar Council, Punjab & Haryana High Court and District Bar Associations from all over the state led by the Chairman Bar Council BK Goyal in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
The lawyer's fraternity all over the state had observed two day strike from Monday to protest the steep hike in judicial stamp fee charges announced recently by the state government putting an additional burden on the litigants.
Badal directed the Financial Commissioner Revenue to re-examine the issue of the hike in the judicial stamp fee charges following the recent amendments in the Punjab Court Fees Act and till the final decision the increased rates would not be implemented.
Chief Minister's Media Adviser Harcharan Bains said that the Chief Minister constituted a committee comprising the Financial Commissioner Revenue and five members of the Bar Council to thoroughly examine the entire issue and bring a concrete proposal before the government for moderating the increase to a reasonable level.
The deputation also apprised the Chief Minister about the implications of the recent hike in the judicial stamp fee and the resentment among the legal fraternity which had led to a state-wide strike by lawyers.