Advocate Aires Rodrigues accused the government and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in particular of shielding and pampering Advocate General Subodh Kantak.
He pointed out that for the last three years, the government is dragging its feet on revising the fee structure of the Advocate General and revealed that as per information gathered under the Right to Information, the government is awaiting the fee structure of Karnataka Advocate General to review its fee structure.
He said the government has already received the fee structure of Advocate Generals in the States of Maharashtra and Gujarat and added that he has been informed that the Karnataka Law Secretary has not furnished the information despite having received three reminders in the last two years.
Adv. Rodrigues had taken up the issue of the exorbitant fees being paid to the Advocate General five years ago and since then has been relentlessly following up the matter.
It was due to his efforts that the government reduced the Advocate General’s fees to Rs. five lakhs per month from the earlier huge amount ranging from Rs. 10 to Rs. 14 lakhs per month.
Adv. Rodrigues pointed out that even this fee was very high considering the fact that Subodh Kantak was not a senior counsel and more particularly given the fact that the Advocate General of a huge state like Maharashtra is paid only Rs. 50,000 per month.
Adv. Rodrigues pointed out that Goa’s Advocate General is earning more than the Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and even the President of India.