The lawyers of Delhi's all six district courts have decided to observe a day-long strike on August 6 to protest against "unprecedented hike" in court fees here.
The lawyers' body has called for the strike on Monday saying despite the assurances of Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Revenue Minister A K Walia, the government has notified the Court Fee (Amendment) Act and due to this, the common people will face problems in getting justice.
Delhi Bar Association president RN Vats said they strongly condemn the government's action as the court fee has been enhanced manifold.
"The elected representatives of various bar had met the chief minister and the revenue minister of Delhi but despite their assurances of not notifying the Court Fee (Amendment) Act, the government has unilaterally notified the same as a result of which the common man shall be unable to get justice," Vats said.
The association, in a press statement, said this would put a heavy burden on litigants and the government's act is "against the constitutional right of the citizen to get justice without bearing heavy financial burden."
The Delhi government had recently decided to increase the court fees ten-fold to shore up its coffers by around Rs 450 crore annually.
Delhi Revenue minister AK Walia had earlier said that the court fees in the city were last hiked in 1958 by the Punjab government which were extended to Delhi and the same have continued till date in the national capital.