AAP Government Not Clearing Fees Of Its Lawyers Despite Orders: High Court

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The court docket directed that the petition be transmitted to the Law Secretary (File)

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court has noticed that regardless of repeated instructions to the AAP authorities to clear the skilled payments of legal professionals employed by it, the identical was not being performed as advocates had been approaching the court docket for reduction.

Justice Prathiba M Singh stated a division bench of the High Court listening to a PIL for clearing payments of presidency legal professionals had final 12 months directed the Delhi authorities to pay dues pending since earlier than February 1, 2020.

Subsequently, orders for clearing payments of particular person legal professionals had been additionally handed by single choose benches on the pleas moved by advocates, the court docket noticed.

“Despite the same, it appears that the bills are not being cleared and lawyers are being compelled to file writ petitions,” it stated and added that “the present petition is yet another case filed against the Delhi government seeking payment of professional bills of the petitioner, who is a lawyer”.

The court docket was listening to the plea moved by Pranay Ranjan searching for clearing of his skilled payments.

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Mr Ranjan advised the court docket that after submitting the petition, his payments of 2019 had been cleared, however not of 2018 and the excellent quantity was Rs 3.46 lakh.

The court docket directed that “the petition be transmitted to the Law Secretary, GNCTD”.

“It is directed that the bills of the petitioner (Ranjan), subject to verification, shall be cleared within a period of 30 days,” it added.

The court docket additionally permitted him to maneuver an utility if the dues weren’t cleared and warned the Delhi authorities that if such a state of affairs had been to come up, it should additionally direct cost of curiosity on the excellent dues and impose prices.

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