New Delhi: An application filed through the Right to Information Act (RTI) has revealed that hotel stay for Judges from the High Court of Madhya Pradesh while in Delhi has cost the state exchequer Rs 3 lakh in bills. The details were acquired from the general administration department of the state government.
Judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court have been staying in Delhi in private hotels with the state government bearing their boarding and lodging expenses up to Rs 25,000 per day.
Judges, while on official duty in Delhi are entitled to stay in the Madhya Pradesh Bhawan and the expenses incurred are reimbursed by the High Court. The RTI has brought to light that the government has been extending hospitality worth thousands of rupees to the Judges who are happily accepting it.
A separate RTI query revealed that rooms were available at the MP Bhavan when the Judges visited the national capital.
Clearly, austerity was not an issue here while lakhs of rupees were spent from public exchequer.