Bank closure stalls judicial work in city

Published: 10th November 2016 01:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th November 2016 03:34 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Stalling bank transactions to introduce new currency notes has affected the judicial work, especially the processing section at the High Court. This was due to lack of currency (below Rs 500) to buy court fee stamps to affix them for petitions/appeals before filing them at the counter.


Since banks weren’t functioning, advocates could not buy demand drafts, which are mandatory if the court fee exceeds Rs 500. Because of this, many advocates who get it done through their clerks, did not prefer to file fresh petitions/appeals on Wednesday.


Hence, the number of fresh petitions/appeals declined to 25 per cent. Around 100 petitions were filed on Wednesday as against more than 400 a day on regular days, sources said.
An official said even the court fee collected in cash was around Rs 20,000. “We hardly received any demand drafts. And the ones we received were brought before Wednesday.”


Photocopies on credit
Not only judicial work, the Union government’s move has affected the livelihood of Xerox shop owners at the High Court premises. “We had to get the photo copies of petitions and other documents on credit as we were unable to pay them, on Wednesday. We had currency with only Rs 500 and 1,000 denominations. We will pay the dues once the bank transaction resumes,” a clerk of an advocate told Express.
Even Xerox shop owners endorsed the same.  


STALLING bank transactions to introduce new currency notes has affected the judicial work, especially the processing section at the High Court. This was due to lack of currency (below Rs 500) to buy court fee stamps to affix them for petitions/appeals before filing them at the counter.


Since banks weren’t functioning, advocates could not buy demand drafts, which are mandatory if the court fee exceeds Rs 500. Because of this, many advocates who get it done through their clerks, did not prefer to file fresh petitions/appeals on Wednesday.


Hence, the number of fresh petitions/appeals declined to 25 per cent. Around 100 petitions were filed on Wednesday as against more than 400 a day on regular days, sources said.
An official said even the court fee collected in cash was around Rs 20,000. “We hardly received any demand drafts. And the ones we received were brought before Wednesday.”


Photocopies on credit
Not only judicial work, the Union government’s move has affected the livelihood of Xerox shop owners at the High Court premises. “We had to get the photo copies of petitions and other documents on credit as we were unable to pay them, on Wednesday. We had currency with only Rs 500 and 1,000 denominations. We will pay the dues once the bank transaction resumes,” a clerk of an advocate told Express.
Even Xerox shop owners endorsed the same. 

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