₹29 lakh spent only to stonewall a PIL
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.