The Supreme Court on Friday said it was of the tentative view that BSP chief Mayawati has to deposit public money spent on her statues and elephants (BSP Symbol) erected in Uttar Pradesh.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjeev Khanna and Deepak Gupta said made the remark while hearing a petition filed by an advocate who contend that public money cannot be used to erect own statues and for propagating the political party.
“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,” said the SC bench.
The bench added that it is just their tentative view because the matter would take some time for hearing. “We will have it for final disposal on April 2,” the bench said.
Advocate Ravi Kant filed the petition on the issue in 2009 and the matter came for hearing after quite a long time on Friday.