Fulfilling the last wish of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, her daughter Bansuri called on Harish Salve and presented the One Rupee coin that was left as fees for fighting Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case.
Hours before she passed away, Swaraj had asked eminent lawyer Harish Salve who represented India at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for Kulbhushan Jadhav case, to visit her and collect his fee – Re 1.
Swaraj, 67, had passed away on August 6 after suffering cardiac arrest. Doctors at AIIMS tried to revive her for about an hour but she died at 10:50 pm.
Speaking to Times Now after Swaraj’s death, Salve recalled having a word with her and called it a very emotional conversation. He further said that Swaraj invited him to visit her house at 6 pm and collect the “precious fee”.
“I have to give you your one rupee for the case which you won. I said, of course, I have to come to collect that precious fee,” he said.
Salve had charged only a rupee to defend Kulbhushan Jadhav in the ICJ.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, who specializes in constitutional, commercial and taxation law, had charged Re 1 as his fee to represent India during the public hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague while Pakistan, on the other hand, paid more than Rs 20 crore on lawyers.
It was Swaraj who first revealed on May 15, 2017, that Salve was charging Rs 1 as fees to represent India in the Hague. As per the initial reports, Salve’s charges Rs 30 lakh a day otherwise.
In its budget documents presented in the National Assembly last year, the Pakistan government had said that it paid Rs 20 crore to UK-based barrister Khawar Qureshi, a Cambridge University law graduate, to represent the country in the Hague.
He is the youngest lawyer fighting a case in the ICJ.