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Punjab Govt Hikes Top Lawyers' Fee to Rs 3.3 Lakh Per Appearance

By: Jyoti Kamal

Edited By: Bijaya Das

CNN-News18

Last Updated: April 04, 2017, 19:25 IST

File photo of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

File photo of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

The Captain Amarinder Singh government in Punjab has decided to hike fee of prominent lawyers, including Ram Jethmalani and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, from Rs 2.8 lakh per appearance per petition to Rs 3.3 lakh.

Chandigarh: Even as controversy rages over legal fee due to top lawyer Ram Jethmalani for defending Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, with Jethmalani now offering to do it for free, the Captain Amarinder Singh government in Punjab has decided to hike fee of prominent lawyers, including Ram Jethmalani and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, from Rs 2.8 lakh per appearance per petition to Rs 3.3 lakh.

Top-rung lawyers placed in the panel are referred to as the 'A1' category and will be paid the revised rates.

Other lawyers in this category include Fali S Nariman, Dushyant Dave, KK Venugopal, Indira Jaising, and Gopal Subramaniam among others.

The government says these lawyers have been added to the panel to protect its interest in the Supreme Court and other courts on critical issues, say like, the SYL issue.


However, the Punjab government has clarified that the advocates empaneled to conduct and defend its cases in the Supreme Court of India and other courts outside Chandigarh were not being hired on a monthly retainer, as erroneously suggested by some media reports.

The empanelled counsel from various categories would be engaged by the state government for a given case with prior approval of the Advocate General, Punjab.

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