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CAUVERY ROW: LAWYERS POCKET RS. 22 CR.RESULT: BIG ZERO !

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 26, 2007

CAUVERY ROW: LAWYERS POCKET RS. 22 CR.RESULT: BIG ZERO !

CAUVERY ROW: LAWYERS POCKET RS. 22 CR.RESULT: BIG ZERO !

http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=news&item=13497

* Govt. furnishes incomplete info on Cauvery Tribunal expenditure.

* Full information on Sept. 27.

It may be recalled that Star of Mysore had written twice earlier in the column Abracadabra about the indifferent and even scandalous manner in which Karnataka’s case was handled and also presented at the Tribunal by a set of advocates who seemed to have focused more on their “personal interest” than on the case. We will be reproducing those Abracadabras shortly. —Ed

* Anil Dewan alone got Rs. 9.66 cr. !

* Javali and Katharki together claimed Rs. 6.5 cr.

* Then comes Nariman with Rs. 2 cr.

Dharwad, June 26 (TRD)- An application filed by an activist under the Right To Information (RTI) Act has exposed may vital information regarding the Cauvery Water Dispute.

The Founder-President of Puraskara Forum, Krishna Joshi, had asked the Chief Secretary of the State to furnish him all the details regarding the delegations sent to represent the State; the lawyers’ fees and the total expenditure incurred by the State Government since the formation of the Cauvery Tribunal.

Later a complaint was lodged with the Information Commission on Apr. 12 as the officers had failed to furnish the information within the deadline to Joshi.

In this background, an enquiry was held on June 21 and the Commission has expressed its displeasure as incomplete information was furnished by the Department of Water Resources. It has called for a final enquiry on Sept. 27.

Lawyers’ fee startling

Out of the many questions raised by Krishna Joshi, the junior officers of the Department of Water Resources, on behalf of the Chief Secretary, have given answers for only two questions. Out of these two, one remains to be incomplete.

As per the information furnished by these officers, in the period since 1990-91 to 28.2.2007, the 10 Advocate Generals, who appeared be fore the Tribunal, claimed Rs. 1.34 crore as fees.

During the same period, fees for the 18 lawyers who appeared for the State is Rs. 22.10 crore.

Out of the 18 lawyers, advocate Anil B. Dewan was paid the highest fee of Rs. 9.66 crore and the lowest in the list was Advocate Ashok Mathur, who was paid Rs. 3,000 only.

The fee for the famous advocate Fali S. Nariman, who argued for the State since the beginning, was paid Rs. 2.08 crore.

Similarly the advocates, who represented the State since the formation of the Tribunal, S.S. Javali and Mohan V. Katharki, are paid Rs. 3.77 crore and Rs. 2.75 crore respectively.

The lawyers’ fee paid by the State Government during 2005-06 is Rs. 5.19 crore and this is the highest payment made in a single financial year.

Visits to Bangalore

The number of visits made by the advocates to Bangalore to hold discussions are also available. The details are as follows:

Mohan V. Katharki has visited Bangalore 193 times, S.S. Javali 158 times, Shambhuprasad Singh 138 times, Anil B. Dewan 46 times, Sayyed Naqvi 26 times, Fali S. Nariman 19 times, Brijesh Kalappa 18 times, Ranvir Singh 14 times and Sanjay R. Heggade 7 times.

“The expenditure incurred on lawyers is startling. In spite of this huge expenditure, I feel the Government has utterly fail0ed in presenting its arguments effectively. My concern is that all the details regarding the dispute be made available to the public,” says Krishna Joshi. “I will continue to fight till all the information is available,” he declared.

Having won his case to make the entire proceedings of the Information Commission to be conducted in Kannada, he insists that the Cauvery Tribunal should publish its verdict in Kannada and there should be clarity in the details.

5 Responses to “CAUVERY ROW: LAWYERS POCKET RS. 22 CR.RESULT: BIG ZERO !”

  1. Sunil.J said

    Hats off to you Mr.Krishna Joshi…

  2. krisdev said

    This is a clear case how the tax payers’ money is spent. We need more such expose and hold the persons responsible for spending public money accountable to the public.

    If we need to plug all the loop holes of corruption, we need to ban currency circulation and introduce Multi Purpose Biometric Smart card as the only mode of transaction.

    This alone can save India.

  3. RUDRAPPA said

    whether the government has paid the fee by deducting income tax and service tax at the time of paying the fee , the public money is spent for zero work , still the dispute remains same

  4. RUDRAPPA said

    whether the government has paid the fee by deducting income tax and service tax at the time of paying the fee , the public money is spent for zero work , still the dispute remains same

    Bachol karnataka from corruption

    Rudrappa

  5. anadi kumar singh said

    k.k.mishra case just as bhai-bhateejawad.

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