In its effort to clean up alleged corruption in the state, the Meghalaya BJP has questioned the extravagant expenditure of Advocate General Amit Kumar.
Expressing discontentment, Bernard N Marak, the State Vice President of BJP Meghalaya unit said, “BJP is not happy with the extravagant expenditure of Advocate General Amit Kumar. It has been shown in the RTI sought from his office that 2,78,92,000 (Two crores seventy-eight lacs and ninety-two thousand) have been spent in conducting of drafting, advice /opinion, vetting and meetings in Hon’ble High Court of Meghalaya, NGT and Supreme Court.”
Alleging that the Advocate General charges hefty amount, Marak said “the RTI reply from the office of the Advocate General (AG) revealed that huge amount is spent by Advocate General Amit Kumar in running a case in Meghalaya High Court and if the case is taken to Hon’ble Supreme Court, it goes higher.”
“The State Government is burdened with the cost of running a case by Advocate General which BJP disagree with as public money is being spent extravagantly without proper accountability,” he added.
“ The RTI revealed that Government had spent 3,46,000 (Three lac forty-six thousand) in a case against Mr. S.R.Marak which the Hon’ble High Court ruled against the State Government,” the state BJP leader said while elaborating RTI report.
“ Other expenditures shown are the travel expense amounting 5,37,056 (Five lac thirty-seven thousand and fifty-six) and POL 4,01,020 (Four lakh one thousand twenty),” he said.
The concern with the extravagant usage of public money, BJP said, “BJP ask the State Government to refrain from using public money extravagantly as many employees under the State are yet to be paid their dues.” EOM