LDF govt paid Rs 17.87 cr as lawyers’ fee for legal battle

LDF govt paid Rs 17.87 cr as lawyers’ fee for legal battle

Kochi: While the political battle is being taken to court, the government has spent a lot of money on legal fees. The LDF government, led by Pinarayi Vijayan, had paid rupees in honoraria to attorneys at the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court by March 4.

Supreme Court attorneys appeared for the state government to hear the Life Mission case, the Crime Branch FIR v. Enforcement Agency, the Sabarimala airport issue, and the Thiruvananthapuram airport privatization series. The fees paid to these attorneys are not included in the above amount.

Like the LDF government, the UDF government led by Oommen Chandy had spent millions of rupees on litigation. According to the records, Rs 12,17,51,220 were paid to the attorneys.

137 government officials, including attorneys-general, are appointed in Kerala to provide legal advice and handle government cases. But the current and previous governments continue to rely on outside state attorneys to spend kroner.

In the meantime, the government has spent 1.54 rupees to pay government lawyers.

A total of Rs 19 lakh was spent on the DGP Senkumar-related case. When the problem of entering Sabarimala women led to a legal battle, the government was forced to spend 20.90 rupees. At the same time, Rs 8.25 lakh was spent on the Palarivattom transfer case.

The government reportedly spent 25.55 lakh on air tickets and 10.57 lakh on the housing of attorneys hired on cases in the High Court.

The details of the funds spent on the litigation were disclosed in response to an RTI petition. MK Haridas, a native of Ernakulam and president of an organization called Proper Channel, submitted the RTI petition.

The Pinarayi government had spent the highest amount in legal fees for rejecting the petition filed by former CM Oommen Chandy to repeal the solar case. Rs 1.20 cr was issued for this purpose. Supreme Court attorney Ranjith Kumar and many others appeared on the case.

Meanwhile, Rs 98.81 lakh has been spent opposing the petition seeking a CBI investigation into the Shuhaib murder.