Reservation in promotion case: MP Government paying hefty fees to advocates

Newsroom24x7 Staff

supreme-courtBhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government has continuously been paying a large amount of money as fees from the public exchequer to senior advocates appearing on its behalf in the Supreme Court each time the writ petition filed by the government challenging the Jabalpur High Court decision to quash the Madhya Pradesh Public Service (Promotion) Rule, 2002, which provides for “reservation in promotion” for the SCs and STs (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) gets listed for hearing.

In a written reply to a query, the Madhya Pradesh Government yesterday informed the State Assembly that seven more SLPs have been filed besides the special leave petition (SLP) no. 13954/2016 (Civil Appeal no. 5247/2016) filed by the State Government challenging the Jabalpur High Court order declaring the 2002 reservation in promotion Rule as “Non est” – a term frequently used in Indian legal parlance. It means “does not exist”.

Responding to the SLP by the State Government, the Supreme Court had ordered on May 12, 2016 that status quo be maintained in this matter. Hence all promotions are held up in Madhya Pradesh.

The Madhya Pradesh government has informed the Legislative Assembly that a number of advocates have been “appointed” to present the state Government’s case in the Apex Court.

The advocates “appointed” by the Government in this case are as follows:

S.No. Name of advocate Date of appointment

Fees paid for hearing and date

Amount

Date

1

Mukul Rohatgi

 Attorney General of India

10.05.2016

Rs. 11, 00, 000

27.05.2016

2

Harish Salve

30.09.2016

Rs. 10, 00, 000

11.01.2017

3

Sanjay R. Hegde

22.11.2016

Rs 22, 20, 000

11.01.2017

4

 

 

Gopal Subramaniam

30.09.2016

Rs. 9, 70, 000

13.01.2017

5

Ms. Indira Jaising

30.01.2017

Rs. 7, 55, 000

30.01.2017

6

V. Shekhar

30.01.2017

Rs. 2, 75, 000

30.01.2017

7

A. Sundaram

30.01.2017

8

S.S. Suri

30.01.2017

9

K.K. Venugopal

30.01.2017

10

Subramanian Prasad

30.01.2017

11

Dinesh Gupta

30.01.2017

12

Manoj Gorkela

30.09.2016

13

Purushendra Kaurav

Additional Advocate General

30.01.2017

14

Saurabh Mishra

Standing Counsel

30.01.2017

15

Tushar Mehta

Additional Solicitor General

17.01.2017

Fees is being paid separately to advocates representing the government employees from the reserved SC and ST categories. Their case has been taken up by their association known as AJJAKS.

Dates fixed for hearing and number of advocates appearing for the Government

S. No. Date Advocate appearing
1 12.05.2016 Three senior advocates appeared
2 12.09.2016 Matter was not listed
3 08.11.2016 Three senior advocates appeared
4 23.11.2016 Court discharged
5 30.11.2016 Two senior advocates appeared
6 07.12.2016 Three senior advocates appeared
7 14.12.2016 Case was  not listed
8 15.12.2016 Three senior advocates appeared
9 24.01.2017 Three senior advocates appeared
10 25.01.2017 Four  senior advocates appeared
11 02.02.2017 Eight  senior advocates appeared

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