In addition, an expenditure of Rs. 1.46 crore was incurred in Pretoria.
It was revealed last year that Patil had incurred an expenditure of R205 crore on her 12 foreign trips covering 22 countries during her five-year term. These figures were provided before she undertook the last visit to South Africa and Seychelles.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan had then defended these visits terming them “necessary” to deepen bilateral cooperation. The visits were undertaken after careful appraisal and recommendation by the PMO and the ministry of external affairs.