Law Commission for 50-fold hike in court fee for corporate

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New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Corporate houses fighting legalbattles in the Supreme Court may have to pay Rs one lakh ascourt fee.

The Law Commission has recommended a 50-fold hike inthe court fees to be paid by parties approaching the apexcourt for corporate disputes and has suggested fixing amaximum limit of Rs one lakh for such fees.

In its latest report submitted to the Law Ministryyesterday, the Commission has pointed out that there has beenno revision of the court fees for the last 60 years.

The report has come in response to a reference made bythe Department of Justice following a report by theParliamentary Standing committee on Law and Justice.

The parliamentary panel had recommended a steep hikein fees for corporate cases in 2008, saying there was animpression that the corporates get priority in courts.

"At present, the maximum court fees stands at Rs 2,000and this was prescribed by the Supreme Court rules of 1950 andit remains unchanged till now," Commission Chairman Justice PV Reddi said in the report.

In its other report submitted to the Ministry, theCommission has recommended a voluntary legal procedure for aperson intending to change his or her religion to avoid anycontroversy on religious status in inter-religious marriages.

Highlighting the problems faced by those who convertin proving their religious status in courts, the Kerala HighCourt had in 2009 favoured an appropriate enactment on theissue and had asked the Commission to study issue.

The panel has recommended that within a month afterthe date of conversion, the converted person, if she or hechooses, can send a declaration to the officer in chargeof registration of marriages in the concerned area.

The registering official will have to display a copyof the declaration on the notice board of the office till thedate of confirmation.

The declaration should contain the requisite detailssuch as the particulars of the convert, including date ofbirth, permanent address, and the present place of residence,and the religion to which the convert originally belonged andthe religion to which he or she converted, the date and placeof conversion and nature of the process gone through forconversion.

"However, it is clarified that in whichever state,there is a law governing conversions such as the Freedom ofReligion Act, the above recommendations do not apply," theCommission said.

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