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Don't pay lawyers without approval: Sisodia tells depts

NEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed all administrative departments of the Delhi government not to make payments to any of their lawyers without his approval, according to a memorandum issued to the departments.
Sisodia said no administrative department will process payment to any lawyer whose empanelment or appointment is not approved by the law minister.
The finance department issued an office memorandum to all principal secretaries and head of departments after the deputy chief minister "desired" to issue the directions.
"All payments of any lawyer(s) of any administrative department shall be made after the approval of the finance minister," the memorandum stated. It stated, "No administrative department shall process the payment of any lawyer(s) whose empanelment or appointment is not approved by the Minister of Law."
Sisodia had urged the LG to put on hold the recruitment process for lawyers being carried out by the services department, saying it suffers from legal infirmities.
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