The CBDT has issued an order dated 2nd July 2018 by which it has appointed special counsels to represent the Income-tax department in cases relating to International Tax and Transfer Pricing before various judicial fora at Delhi, Bengalure and Mumbai.
The Special Counsel are entitled to appearance fees, conference fees and fees for drafting written submissions etc. They are also entitled to reimbursement of Air Expenses (Executive Class) and lodging & boarding expenses.
It may be recalled that in Pr CIT vs. Grasim Industries Ltd the Bombay High Court has passed strictures against the practice of the department of appoiting retired officers as panel counsel. The Court held that while the retired officers have domain expertise, they lack the skills and conduct required to appear as an Advocate.