The ministry has questioned the lawyers’ quality representing these autonomous bodies in legal cases.
The Ministry of Law has asked the government autonomous bodies to appoint lawyers empanelled by the department of legal affairs, in cases where both the Union government and these bodies are parties.
A letter, as reported by ET, has been sent to all ministries in this regard. It has questioned the lawyers’ quality representing these autonomous bodies.
More than 500 autonomous bodies come under the administrative jurisdiction of various ministries, and the move by the law ministry will mark a significant shift in the way the autonomous bodies pick their lawyers.
The letter said that since autonomous bodies are funded by the government, an adverse decision by a court also imposes financial losses on the government.