In a major setback to BSP supremo Mayawati, the Supreme Court (SC) today said that prima facie she has to pay back all the public money spent on statues. It has directed her to deposit to exchequer public money used for erecting statues of herself and BSP symbol elephant in Lucknow, Noida.
The decision came after the apex court heard a plea seeking direction to restrain Mayawati from spending public money on building statues. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the court would hear the plea on April 2.
The bench headed by Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, was hearing a petition filed by an advocate who had contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party. Next hearing in connection with the case is scheduled for April 2.
“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the state exchequer,” the bench said. Making it clear that the tentative view was expressed as the matter will take some time for hearing, the apex court said, “We will have it for final disposal on April 2.”