Kerala Govt vs Governor: Over Rs 60 lakh spent for legal advice

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

New Delhi: The state government had spent lakhs of rupees as the fee for legal advice from experts in its fight with Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan. Within a month, the government had spent over Rs 60 lakh on legal advice from two constitutional experts.

The previous day, the government approved payment of Rs 15 lakh to former attorney general KK Venugopal over advice on a petition against cancellation of the appointment of the technical university vice-chancellor. The fee for the legal advice on the bill to remove the governor as the chancellor of universities is also included in it.

State attorney general K Gopala Krishna Kurup, state attorney N Manoj and special government pleader TB Hood had met and discussed the matters related to the move against the governor with KK Venugopal in New Delhi on October 29 and 30.

According to the order issued by state law secretary V Hari Nair, the fee is for the legal advice orally given by the former attorney general.

Earlier, in an order dated November 2, 2022, the government sanctioned Rs 30 lakh to senior Supreme Court advocate Fali S Nariman.

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