To increase its revenue, Delhi government has decided to increase court fees by 10 times.
This hike has come after a gap of almost five decades; the previous revision was done in 1958. The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the Court Fees (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2011 paving the way for a hike.
The revision in court fees is estimated to generate revenue worth nearly Rs 40 crore per month and approximately Rs 500 crore annually.Giving reasons for the increase, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Cabinet has approved the bill to rationalise the court fees and collection by E-court fees.
"There has been no revision of court fees in Delhi since 1958 while all kinds of duties and fees have been revised. A committee of the Delhi High Court has also asked the government to start e-court fee in the Delhi High Court," Dikshit said.
She added that considering court fees in the denomination of 40 paise, 25 paise and 50 paise are no more in use, the revision in fees had become all the more necessary.
"The revision may increase revenue generated on account of court fees," she added. According to government estimates, 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 Bill will now be introduced in the Delhi State Assembly.
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.