Madhya Pradesh government spent as much as Rs. 6.94 lakh for the Judges’ retreat programme held in April this year.
A payment of Rs 6.94 lakh was made by the state government for the dinner and about Rs 3.57 lakh was paid for silver crockery and Rs 3.37 lakh for food, according to revelations made through an RTI query filed by social activist Ajay Dubey.
The dinner for around 240 VVIPs was served in the silver crockery and gifts worth several lakhs of rupees were presented to them by the government.
The programme had guests including Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and other judges of the Supreme Court along with their spouses. It was was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Dubey said that the unnecessary expenses on silver crockery and gifts were presented at the cost of tax payers’ money.
“We are not against dinner but unnecessary expenses,” Dubey told PTI.
Generally, arrangements for such programmes are made by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Board. “However, as per instructions from principal secretary to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, quotations were invited and it was decided to engage a reputed caterer from Indore,” the RTI said.