Apex court cautions on fee waiver for poor litigants

July 20th, 2011 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court has said that before a person was declared indigent and exempted from paying court fee, subordinate courts must ascertain his true financial status.

The courts should not merely base their judgment on his own income but also the financial support received by him from other sources, the apex court said.

The apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice H.L. Dattu said this in a recent judgment while setting aside an order of the Kerala High Court declaring litigant C.K. Antony as indigent and exempting him from paying court fee while challenging two recovery orders against him.

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