The Supreme Court of India gave a big shock to BSP supremo Mayawati. It ordered the former Uttar Pradesh CM to pay back hundreds of crores spent on installing hundreds of elephant statues in the parks of Lucknow and Noida.
“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,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. “Pay all the money from your pocket,” the Chief Justice said.
The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna will hear the case next on April 2.
During her stint as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh between 2007 to 2012, Mayawati had built memorials to Dalit icons and embellished hundreds of parks with statues not only of elephants, but also her own and that of her mentor Kanshi Ram.
Several appeals were filed in courts for what the petitions said were a blatant misuse of public money. The Congress, which was in the opposition, alleged that she was even planning to build statues of her family members.