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Delhi govt doubles strength of its legal team in HC

A meeting of the Delhi Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also decided to increase the number of its legal counsels in the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Accepting recommendation of the Home Department, the Cabinet decided to create the post of Senior Standing Counsel (Civil) in the high court while increasing the number of additional standing counsels (civil) from seven to 15.

The Cabinet also decided to create one additional post of standing counsel in the high court.
<g data-gr-id="43">Currently</g> the Delhi government’s legal team in the high court comprises one standing counsel and seven additional standing counsels.

The government has also decided to create four new posts of Additional Standing Counsels in the NGT.

The decision to enhance its legal team in the high court came when the AAP government was involved in legal battles with the LG and the Centre on a number of issues. Important cases in the Delhi High Court involving AAP government include its challenge to Home Ministry notification giving 
certain powers to LG Najeeb Jung, appointment of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M K Meena and a PIL questioning appointment of an commission of inquiry into CNG fitness scam.

The Cabinet also decided to hike pay scales of prosecuting officers working under the Directorate of Prosecution of Delhi government. As per the revised scale, <g data-gr-id="91">pay</g> scale of Assistant Public Prosecutors Existing will be Rs 15,600-39,100 as against existing Rs 9300-34,800.

The pay scale of Director (Prosecution) has been hiked to Rs 37,000-67,000 from Rs 15,600-39,100.
Pay scales of additional public prosecutors and chief prosecutors have also been hiked.

“The Cabinet took note of the fact that the job of prosecutors in Delhi is very taxing, since the complexity of court cases in the national Capital is more in comparison to other places, <g data-gr-id="45">and therefore</g> the proposal for increase in pay hike is justified,” the government said in a statement.

It said strength of the legal team in high court and NGT has been increased to ensure that the government is effectively and adequately represented in the courts. 

Delhi govt to give job to deceased DTC driver’s son
The Delhi government on Tuesday decided to offer a junior clerk’s job to the son of DTC driver Ashok Kumar who died in a road rage incident in May, besides bearing medical expenses of his widow, an official statement said.

After Kumar’s death on duty on May 10 in Mundka area, his family had met Kejriwal and it was assured all possible support.

“The Cabinet decided that Ajay, son of late Ashok Kumar, be given employment in the clerical cadre to the post of junior clerk in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on compassionate grounds,” the statement following the cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi secretariat said. 

It was also approved to give other monetary benefits to the family.

“The Cabinet also decided that the medical expenses of late Kumar’s wife (sic) would be taken care of and her treatment would be done at either or empanelled hospital as per DTC rules,” the statement added. 
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