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Report No. 126

Annexure IV

(See Para 7.3.1)

Tabular Statement of Quantum of Cases Filed by or Against Govt. of India and Expenditure Involved During the Last Five Years

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Name of the Deptt/ Ministry of Govt. of India

No. of cases filed in courts by or against the Deptt./ Ministry of Govt. of India during the last five years

Expenditure incurred

Any other details regarding lawyers engaged etc.

1

2

3

4

5

1.

Deptt. of Food, Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi.

4705

Rs. 2,36,24,990

Except in two cases in which private lawyers were engaged, in remaining cases Govt. Counsel or Private lawyers on Govt. Panels of Counsel were engaged.

2.

Ministry of Commerce, New Delhi.

4303

Rs. 18,94,394

Private lawyers were also engaged in some cases but in other cases Govt. Counsels from the panel were engaged.

3.

Deptt. of Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi.

302

Rs. 2,20,524.00 (excluding the fee paid to the Advocate. (Central Govt. Standing Counsel by the Branch Office Section.)

Nil.

4.

Deptt. of Woman & Child Development, Ministry of Human Resources Development.

By-7

Rs. 1,78,440

A Legal Adviser as retainer Private Lawyer was engaged by State Social Welfare Board.

5.

Deptt. of Atomic Energy, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Bombay.

By-1

Against-22

Rs. 1,00,000

Panel Lawyer/CGSC engaged.

6.

Ministry of Tourism, New Delhi.

In India-65, abroad-10

Rs. 2,77,158

Thirteen Private lawyers engaged.

7.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi.

Approx 500

Rs. 4.00 lakhs approx

Generally Govt. Counsel engaged.

8.

Office of Development Commissioner for Iron & Steel & Pay & Accounts Office, Deptt. of Steel, Ministry of Steel and Mines, Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi.

60

Rs. 1,37,809

Government Lawyers engaged.

9.

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

28

Rs. 2239

Government Advocates are engaged.

10.

Ministry of Water Resources.

145

Rs. 2,33,802.65 approx.

Govt. Advocates.

11.

Deptt. of Statistics, Ministry of Planning, Sardar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi.

99

Rs. 1,39,224

Lawyers out of the Govt. Panel engaged.

12.

Ministry of Surface Transport.

306

Rs. 5,12,978

No. private lawyers are engaged.

13.

Deptt. of Mines, Ministry of Steel & Mines, New Delhi.

913

Rs. 4,54,841

Standing Counsels of Govt. are engaged.

14.

Deptt. of Industrial Development, Ministry of Industry, New Delhi.

720

Rs. 7,75,549

Engaged private lawyers and Govt. pleaders.

15.

Deptt. of Coal, Ministry of Energy, Office of the Coal Mines Provident Fund Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of payments.

117

Rs. 1,19,638

Engaged Govt. Counsel.

16.

Deptt. of Defence, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.

21406

Rs. 1,32,67,208 (expenditure in respect of 158 cases is not included).

Nil

17.

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Paryavaran Bhavan, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

342

Rs. 3,21,614

Private lawyer was engaged in only one case.

18.

Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.

916

Rs. 7,59,029.00

Only five private lawyers were engaged.

19.

SCD-Protection of Civil Rights Cell, Ministry of Welfare, New Delhi.

7

Rs. 2150.80

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20.

Deptt. of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi.

1193

Rs. 5,59,874.92

Central Government Standing Counsel engaged.

21.

Central Board of Direct Taxes, Centra Board of Excise & Customs, Deptt. of Revenue Ministry of Finance.

43921

Rs. 85-49 lakhs (only in respect of Central Board of Excise & Customs

Only in important cases the Department engages private lawyers from outside the Government panel otherwise the Department is generally represented before High Courts and the Supreme Court by Standing Counsels and panel Advocates. Generally Law Officers (Additional Solicitor General, Solicitor General and Attorney-General) or the panel advocates appear but private lawyers as Special Counsels are engaged before High Courts because it is not always possible for the Senior Law Officers based at Delhi to appear before the High Courts. In the year, 1986, 28 Special Counsels were engaged by the Deptt. before different High Courts.

22.

Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

470

Rs. 33,205

Generally Government Counsel engaged.

23.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi.

670

Rs. 4,45,520

Government/Private lawyers engaged.

24.

Planning Commission, New Delhi.

21

Rs. 2,650

_

25.

Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions, Department of Economic Affairs, (Banking Division), Ministry of Finance.

4,66,716 (One Bank has not given figures).

Rs. 5439.05 (In lakhs) approx (two banks have not furnished details).

From the panel maintained by the bank.

26.

Deptt. of Space, Cauvery Bhavan Kempagowda Road. Bangalore.

_

Rs. 1.34 lakhs

No private lawyer was engaged.

27.

Pollachi Postal Division, Department of Posts.

10

Rs. 5000.00

No private lawyers were engaged. Only Govt. pleaders and public prosecutor were engaged.

28.

Department of Company Affairs, Ministry of Industry, New Delhi. Prosecution filed under the Companies Act By-in Distt. Courts-60,687 By or against in High Courts/Supreme Court-259

Rs. 1,37,130.00

Except in some cases, Officers of the Department and Law Ministry handle cases.

29.

Ministry of Rural Development Block No. 6 & 7 Floor, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

Figures not available of land cases in which U.O.I is made party 15W it petition in HCs/SC.

Does not maintain detailed account. Rs. 482.60

30.

Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi-1

35

Rs. 8681-00

Except in two cases where services of a lawyer from the Govt. panel were utilised, no private lawyer was engaged.

31.

Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice.

6

Rs. 1722.00

_

32.

Cabinet Secretariat (Main), Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Nil

Nil

_

33.

Deptt. of Non conventional Energy Sources, Ministry of Energy, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

1

550

No private lawyer has been engaged.

34.

Deptt. of Parlia-mentary Affairs, Ministry of Parli-mentary Affairs & Tourism, New Delhi.

18

Rs. 3,254.50

Govt. Standing Counsel engaged.

35.

Deptt. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Tech-nology, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi.

6

Rs. 11,600.00

National Institute of Immunology has engaged Legal Adviser.

36.

Election Commission India, New Delhi. cates engaged.

324

Rs. 2,91,833

Some senior Advocates engaged.

37.

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Rafi Marg. New Delhi.

389

Rs. 16,912 lakhs

Private Advocates are engaged as it is an autonomous body.

38.

Ministry of Programme Implementation, Sardar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi.

Nil

Nil

Nil

39.

Deptt. of Arts, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Central Vista Mess, Janpath, New Delhi.

Nil

Nil

Nil

40.

Deptt. of Ocean Development, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

Negligible

Nil

_

41.

U.P.S.C.

783

Rs. 85,201

17 lawyers from out of the panel of Govt. lawyers were engaged in 17 cases. In two cases, one private lawyer, each was engaged in other cases UPSC did not make a separate appearances as unnecessarily impleaded.

42.

Deptt. of Electronics, Vigilance Unit, Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi.

4

Rs. 8,700 00

Lawyer out of the Government panel engaged.

43.

Deptt. of Fertilizers, Ministry of Agriculture.

Nil

Nil

Nil

44.

Deptt. of Power, Ministry of Energy, New Delhi.

110

Rs. 74,489.00

Nil

45.

Deptt. of Railways,(Railway Board) Ministry of Transport.

1,66,898

Rs. 3,46,52,844

Railways engage empanelled advocates only, but engage private lawyer in exceptional cases.

46.

Deptt. of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications.

9,806

Rs. 39,38,000

Engaged private lawyer in 68 cases.



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