04/05/2017 7:54 PM IST | Updated 04/05/2017 8:06 PM IST

Akhilesh Yadav Govt Paid ₹21 Lakh As Lawyers Fee To Save Suspended Noida Chief Engineer From CBI Probe

Yadav Singh was arrested by the CBI for allegedly abusing his official position.

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File photo of Akhilesh Yadav, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

LUCKNOW-- The Akhilesh Yadav government had paid Rs 21.15 lakh as fee to senior lawyers of the Supreme Court engaged to save suspended Noida Chief Engineer Yadav Singh from facing CBI probe in graft and money laundering cases, according to an RTI response.

As per the RTI information provided by Surendra Pal Singh, Special Secretary (Law), four senior lawyers were engaged by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government.

Kapil Sibal was given a fee of Rs 8.80 lakh, Harish Salve Rs 5.00 lakh, Rakesh Dwivedi Rs 4.05 lakh and Dinesh Dwivedi Rs 3.30 lakh, taking the total to Rs 21.25 lakh, claimed activist Nutan Thakur citing the response to her RTI plea.

Yadav Singh was arrested by the CBI in February last year for allegedly abusing his official position in awarding contracts and causing wrongful loss to the government exchequer.

The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 19.92 crore in a money laundering case that involves the former Noida chief engineer.