₹29 lakh spent only to stonewall a PIL

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

The Yogi gov­ern­ment’s pre­de­ces­sor akhilesh Ya­dav’s gov­ern­ment in ut­tar Pradesh had spent ₹29.50 lakh on var­i­ous lawyers in the supreme court only to de­fend a prac­tice in the state where bu­reau­crats sign the files on the be­half of the chief min­is­ter. ac­tivist Nu­tan Thakur had filed a PIL in the Luc­know bench of the al­la­habad high court say­ing that the prac­tice in up whereby of­fi­cers in the CM of­fice put their sig­na­ture in the name of the chief min­is­ter is il­le­gal, and has scope for mas­sive mis­use. The high court re­ferred the mat­ter to a larger bench which was chal­lenged by the up gov­ern­ment be­fore the supreme court. When an RTI was filed in the law depart­ment, it re­vealed that state gov­ern­ment en­gaged se­nior lawyer ra­jeev dha­van at ₹3.5 lakh per hear­ing. so far ₹28 lakh has been spent on dha­van, while ₹1.5 lakh has been spent on other lawyers.

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