The country’s former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan started the high fee trend of lawyers in his country.
You must have seen many times in films and have read many times that in today’s hearing senior advocates of the country were involved. Whenever a big case comes up, it is heard by the famous lawyers of the country, who have fees in lakhs. In this article, we will learn about the fees of famous lawyers of the country and also know when and who started this trend.
In a report published in the Times of India, quoting senior advocates AM Singhvi and Vikas Singh, it is said that former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan of the country started the high fee trend of lawyers in his country. If a case was heard in the Supreme Court, then they had started the tradition of charging huge amount for single hearing. Congress leader and famous lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi described the recovery of high charges by lawyers as a bit strange. At the same time, Murali Bhandare, who had been the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association twice, had put forward a resolution, in which the need for capping the legal fees to be charged by the Senior Advocate was given. However, Shanti Bhushan denied it and said how the Bar Association can take a decision on the fees.
You would be surprised that the big lawyers of the country charge more than 10 lakh rupees for the single hearing of any case which does not last even 10 minutes in the Supreme Court. These lawyers are like celebrities who walk with their army. According to separate reports, Ram Jethmalani used to charge up to Rs 25 lakh for a hearing. He was considered to be the most expensive lawyer in the country but he died at the age of 96 in September 2019.
Harish Salve, who fought in the International Court on behalf of India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, charges up to Rs 6-15 lakh for a hearing. They mostly hear in the Supreme Court. They reach the High Court when there is a great need. According to Business Standard report, big companies like Reliance, Tata Group, ITC, Vodafone are their clients.
Fali Nariman charges up to 8-15 lakhs for a case. He has been honored with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan Samman. The same fold is KK Venugopal who charges up to Rs 5-8 lakh for a hearing. The Bhutan government had also called him as a consultant for the framing of his constitution. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan for his work.
The veteran Congress leader, former finance minister of the country P Chidambaram, also charges up to 6-7 lakh rupees for a hearing. He is the big corporate lawyer of the country. Another Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi charges up to Rs 6-11 lakhs. He became the youngest Additional Solicitor General of the country. He achieved this stage at the age of 37.