Law Ministry unaware of Moily's travel expenses

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Veerappa Moily
New Delhi, Nov 8: The Law Ministry has claimed that it has no information about Law Minister Veerappa Moily's travel expenses outside Delhi.

"No information is available with this branch secretariat on the travel of the Law Minister and the purpose of the travel and the total cost incurred during the travel and stay," the ministry said in its reply to a RTI application.

Ministry's Chief Public Information Officer B K Bhargava said that the Attorney General of India (AG), Solicitor General (SG) and other government law officers are entitled to only actual expenses incurred on travelling, boarding and lodging during their official visits.

"As per the Ministry of Law and Justice... Gazettee Notification of Jul 18, 2008... where a law officer is required to perform journeys outside the headquarters in the course of his duties, he shall be paid or reimbursed the actual expenses incurred on travelling and on boarding and lodging," the ministry said.

The ministry further said there was no special criterion for selection to the post of top law officers but a bachelors degree in law was a must and only advocates of eminence are being appointed.

Delhi-based Rajeev Agarwal, who filed the application, had also sought information from the government on details of the functioning of AG, SG, ASG and other standing counsel and their perks and entitlements.

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