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Neha Goel, Advocate

Advisory Board

S.C. Khunger, Advocate

Rohit Bansal, Advocate

Varinder Singh Kanwar, Advocate

Hittan Nehra, Advocate

Judgments on Exemplary Costs

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Exemplary Costs

Exemplary costs — Held, exemplary costs are levied where a claim is found to be false or vexatious or where a party is found to be guilty of misrepresentation, fraud or suppression of facts — In the absence of any such finding, it will be improper to punish a litigant with exemplary costs.  

Exemplary Costs

Exemplary costs — When the appellate court, in the present case, did not choose to levy any costs while dismissing the appeal filed by the petitioner after nine years of pendency with interim stay, the High Court, while dismissing the writ petition at preliminary hearing, ought not to have levied exemplary costs with reference to the period of pendency before the Appellate Court — There is no ground on which the exemplary costs of Rs.50,000/- could be sustained. 

Exemplary Costs

Exemplary costs — Levy of exemplary costs on ordinary litigants, as punishment for merely for approaching courts and securing an interim order, when there was no fraud, misrepresentation or suppression is unwarranted — In fact, it will be bad precedent.

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