Two days after the AAP government announced its decision to enhance the pay scales of public prosecutors appearing before the district courts and the Delhi High Court, Standing Counsel for Criminal Matters, advocate Rahul Mehra, informed the high court that the decision will now be sent to the Union finance ministry and home ministry for clearance.
“We hope that the Union government will act expeditiously without causing undue delay,” stated the bench of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Sunita Gupta, while taking note of Mehra’s submissions. “How can we expect lawyers to perform efficiently when they are neither given payment nor are they equipped with basic infrastructure to carry out their duties,” said the court.
Meanwhile, The Indian Express has learnt that the panel of central government standing counsels (CGCS), who were appointed earlier this year to represent the central government before the high court, have also not received payments for several months.
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