The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the implementation of a Delhi high court order that had recently put on hold the controversial notification enhancing court fees.
A bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice S J Mukhopadhyay also issued a notice to the Delhi Bar Association on an appeal filed by Delhi Government challenging the August 9 HC order.
The hiked court fee was expected to mop up an additional revenue of Rs. 400 crore to the exchequer.
Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman and counsel Poornima Bhat Kak told the court that the order must be immediately stayed as the state on an average was losing Rs. 1.5 crore every day on account of the stay by the high court.
"It is further submitted that the grant of stay by the hon'ble high court causes irreparable harm to the petitioner (Delhi government) because it will be impossible for the petitioner to recover the enhanced court fees if the Constitutional validity of the Act is subsequently upheld," the appeal stated.
According to the government, the hike in court fees was necessary because the cost of administration of justice had increased manifold since 1958 when the court fee was last increased.
It claimed while the cost of administration of justice in the national capital was less than Rs. 6 lakh in 1958, it escalated to Rs. 575.92 crore by 2011-2012.