The top court had appointed senior advocate Shekhar Naphade as an amicus curiae to assist it and find out the actual outstanding professional fees of Mr Gupta, who used to represent the state government at various courts of law.
"I, therefore, recommend to this court that Gupta is entitled to receive a total sum of Rs 48.01 lakh only. I am further of the view that no advocate should claim interest on bill amounts, especially in the case of bills relating to the government. Therefore, I am not inclined to recommend grant of any interest," Mr Naphade, in its report, suggested to the court.
Accepting the report, the bench ordered, "We direct the counsel appearing for the state of Rajasthan to pay the entire amount, as aforesaid, within a period of four weeks from today to Aruneshwar Gupta, the learned counsel."
The bench also proposed that a fee of Rs 2.5 lakh be given as fees to Mr Naphade.
However, he refused to accept the fees and rather suggested that the amount be paid to the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for welfare of lawyers.
Though lawyers, representing private parties, usually charge fees in advance, the advocates, who appear for government departments, raise the bills which are cleared later.
Mr Gupta had raised 57 bills for the period he had appeared as an advocate for Rajasthan but these were not cleared.
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