Over 75 crore would be spent on legal fees by the Bengal government in 2022–2023

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The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, is to responsible for the state’s frequent court appearances and drain on the public budget.Amounts allocated by the West Bengal government to cover legal costs increased from 24 crore in 2014–15 to over 75 crore in 2022–23, according to data made available to HT under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

In 2022–2023, the total amount paid to Calcutta High Court attorneys climbed from 13 crore to 42 crore. During the same time span, the funding for district court attorneys climbed from 6.86 to 31 crore. According to a district magistrate, “the department disburses the payment through the district magistrates for the empanelled lawyers and pleaders in the district courts.”The district magistrates also make the decision to pay empanelled solicitors in the fast-track courts, and the budget for that expense in 2022 was 4.24 crores as opposed to 4 crores in 2014-15.The government does not have data for legal expenses between 2011 when ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) came to power and 2014, according to information obtained under RTI.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, is to responsible for the state’s frequent court appearances and drain on the public budget. She informed the state parliament in November 2022 that although the government hoped to finish a hiring procedure in three months, a lot of money was being spent on pursuing legal action.

 

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