Maharashtra border row: Karnataka to pay legal team Rs 60L/day | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The ongoing legal battle in Supreme Court with Maharashtra over the Belagavi border dispute is burning a huge hole in the exchequer’s pocket with Karnataka government spending Rs 60 lakh a day on professional fees for advocates engaged to fight the case.
As per a government order issued by the state law department on January 18, the legal team led by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi will get Rs 60 lakh per appearance before Supreme Court in fees and other expenses. The team comprises advocates Shyam Divan, Uday Holla, Maruti B Zirali, VN Raghupathy, and the state’s advocate general Prabhuling Navadagi.
The fees exclude expenses of the advocates’ accommodations in star hotels and travel by air in business and executive classes. The order says hotel and air travel arrangements will be made by government or reimbursed on an actual basis.
Rohatgi will be paid Rs 22 lakh per day to represent Karnataka before the Supreme Court, as per the order. He will be paid Rs 5.5 lakh per day for preparation of the case, including conferences and other work. Diwan will get Rs 6 lakh per day as fees and Rs 1.5 lakh per day for preparation and other work. He will also be paid Rs 10 lakh per day for outstation visits, which includes travel.
Navadagi will be paid Rs 3 lakh a day for appearing before the top court. Aside from that, he will be paid Rs 1.2 lakh for case preparation and Rs 2 lakh for outstation visits.
The hearing is expected to be taken up next month.

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