For the first time ever, the assembly has asked the Punjab government to allocate Rs 50 lakh to fight the case against former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh in the Supreme Court.
Notably, Capt has challenged his unseating from the assembly and the Vidhan Sabha is a party in the case.
Sources said Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon wrote a demi-official (DO) letter to Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, demanding Rs 50 lakh to be allocated to the assembly budget. “The Finance Department has written to the assembly that it has decided to allocate the money and would initially release Rs 15 lakh.
The department also said that the Vidhan Sabha should get in touch with the Advocate General’s office to take legal advice and hire a lawyer, and accordingly inform the department,” said an officer.
Assembly Secretary Madan Mohan said, “We have no budgetary provision for such a purpose, so we had to request the government to give us money.”
Sources said the Vidhan Sabha has not yet decided on the lawyer, but the name of SC advocate Harish Salve is doing the rounds. It was learnt that he charges Rs 3 lakh per court appearance.
Former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has a team of three lawyers, PP Rao, TR Andhyarjuna and Abhishek Singhvi, while the Punjab government has Advocate General HS Mattewal, Ravi Shankar Prasad and standing counsel Ajay Pal.