The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A K Ganguli issued show-cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh government for using money meant for the state’s development for installing statues of UP chief minister Mayavati. A notice was sent separately to Mayawati also.
The petitioner Ravi Kant, a Supreme Court advocate, alleged in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that the total money used by Mayawati from the state budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10 for such projects was to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore.
The court passed the order on a PIL seeking its direction to restrain Mayawati from installing her statues and party symbol at public places at the cost of public finances and demanded a CBI inquiry into the misuse of state exchequer.
The court, after hearing the petitioner’s contentions, granted four weeks to the state government to file its reply.