The Madras High Court on Wednesday observed that it is a matter of policy and the Court will not interfere in such matters pertains to fixation of court-fees for writ petitions and writ appeals.
The Court was hearing a plea against the decision to increase the Court Fees payable for filing writ petitions from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000 and for filing writappeals from Rs, 200 to Rs. 2,000.
The bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy noted:
“At the end of the day, it is a matter of policy and the Court will not interfere unless it finds complete arbitrariness or the possibility of manifest injustice resulting in the exclusion of a class of citizens or court-fees being fixed at such levels that shock the conscience of the Court.”
The Bench has asked the State to reconsider the quantum of increase and said,” Without expressing any conclusive view at this stage, since the quantum of increase appears to be significant from Rs.200/- to Rs.1,000/- and from Rs.200/- to Rs.2,000/-, the State may reconsider as to whether the quantum of increase in respect of both writ petitions and writ appeals should be so much and in one-go”.”
The matter has been scheduled on April 28 for further hearing.