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The Madras High Court became first court in south India and overall eighth in the country to introduce e-court fee payment facility. It was jointly launched by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Chief Justice Indira Banerjee at the principal seat of the High Court in Chennai as well as at its Madurai Bench.
e-court fee payment facility
The new system will enable litigants who file cases in High Court to pay judicial stamp duty to government through e-stamps, which can be purchased both online and offline. It will pave way for easier and secured way of paying stamp duty. It will also help to tackle sale of counterfeit judicial stamps.
The e-stamps can be purchased online through website of Stock Holding Corporation after simple registration process. Payments for it can be made through net banking or debit cards and so on. The e-court fee receipts can be attached along with case bundles while presenting them in High Court Registry at time of filing cases.
The advantage of the system is that the court fee can be paid as and when user desires without bothering about non-availability of physical stamps. It will save time of litigants from standing in long queues at the physical counter.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has ordered Tamil Nadu government to enact a law with prohibitory and penal clauses to eradicate Seemai Karuvelam (prosopis juliflora) trees within two months.
Seemai Karuvelam is invasive species of tree harmful to the environment as it sucks lot of water ultimately affect the environment and agricultural activities.
What is the issue?
The HC’s order came after it heard a batch of petitions including Public Interest Litigations (PILs) seeking directions to remove the seemai karuvelam trees claiming that they are harmful to the environment and agriculture. Earlier in December 2016, the bench of high court had directed state government to completely uproot this tree species from public as well as private lands in 13 districts under its territorial jurisdiction by mid February 2017.
What court order says?
- State Government should enact a law with prohibitory and penal clauses to eradicate hazardous species Seemai Karuvelam (prosopis juliflora) trees within two months from all 32 districts of the State.
- The State Government must also release perennial funds to the district collectors in the state for removing of these tree species completely from public as well as private lands.
About Seemai Karuvelam tree
Seemai Karuvelam tree species are native to West Africa. It was brought to Tamil Nadu in 1960s as fuelwood. It disrupts the local ecosystem of its habitation by soaking in all the ground water near it. It is an invasive species that has infiltrated the water bodies and dry lands of Tamil Nadu.