Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 25:
The Odisha government has incurred an expense of around Rs 48.02 lakh towards payment to advocates in the chit fund case in the Supreme Court. While a part of it has been paid, a part remains to be paid, said Finance minister Pradeep Amat while replying to a question by Congress legislator from Jharsuguda Naba Das in the Odisha Assembly on Monday.
Elaborating on it the Finance minister informed that the state government had filed three affidavits in the Supreme Court in connection with the chit fund case. The affidavits were filed on July 31 and September 30 in 2013 and on April 7, 2014, he added.
While Sibasish Mishra was appointed as the advocate on record on behalf of the state government in July 30, 2014, senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam was appointed as a special adviser on September 11, 2013, Amat stated.
The Finance minister said that Mishra was paid an amount of Rs 6,000 on March 19 last year and the state government owes him Rs 33,000 as his dues.
Similarly, senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam has been paid Rs 12.10 lakh and the state government owes him Rs 35.53 lakh as his dues, he added.