How can a common man pay if lawyers charge Rs 10-15 lakh per hearing? Kiren Rijiju, Law Minister

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Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday expressed concern over the exorbitant legal fees charged by prominent advocates, thereby putting justice out of reach for the poor and marginalised in the country.

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju (PTI file photo)

Kiren Rijiju, Union Law Minister, expressed concern Saturday over the high legal fees charged prominent advocates. This puts justice out of reach for the marginalised and poor in the country.

“Resourceful people can afford big lawyers. The fees of Supreme Court lawyers are prohibitively expensive. If they charge Rs 10-15 lakh per hearing, how can a common man pay up?” Rijiu said while addressing the 18th All India Legal Services Authorities’ Meet in Jaipur.

The law minister stated that 71 outdated Acts would be repealed during the Monsoon session, which is scheduled to start on Monday, July 18.

Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Chief minister, was also present at this legal services meeting. He spoke out about the vitriol levelled at a section in the Supreme Court’s social media campaign by judges, who heavily criticised Nupur Sharma, a former spokesperson for BJP, for her comments against Prophet Muhammad.

“It is a matter of great concern that a campaign was launched against two SC judges for expressing their view while hearing a plea of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma,” he said.

Gehlot, in a subtle dig at BJP, noted that horses are used to change governments. “The situation prevailing in the country is very critical. It is a matter of surprise how my government survived,” he said.

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