Harish Salve, a senior and one of the most paid lawyers of India is fighting the case of former Indian Navy Officer – Kulbhushan Yadav who was sentenced to death in Pakistan and he charged Rs 1 as his fees.
Salve many believe has put forward a strong case at the ICJ to show that the trial by the Pakistani military court was far from being called fair. But how much did Salve charge to defend Jadav in the high profile case which has international ramification? Well, he has charged Re 1 as fee, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said via Twitter. Salve has also had high-profile clients like Salman Khan and Mukesh Ambani and has also appeared for Gujarat riots victim Bilkis Bano at the request of the National Human Rights Commission.
Salve was India’s lead attorney at the ICJ hearing the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Yadav. India has also petitioned the ICJ about immediately suspending Yadav’s death sentence because of the fear that Pakistan could execute him before the hearing at ICJ. Salve is one of the most expensive lawyers of India and charges anywhere between Rs 6 lakh to Rs 15 lakh per appearance in the Supreme Court or the Delhi High Court. But he has just charged Rs 1 for the ICJ Kulbhushan case.
Some, who said any senior lawyer “would have done the same and with much less expenses than Harish Salve”, came in for a surprise when Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swarajsaid that he has charged just Rs 1 for the Kulbhushan Yadav case. The ICJ is to declare the hearing on Monday.