The Supreme Court on Friday said it was of the tentative view that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has to deposit public money used for erecting statues of herself and elephants at parks in Lucknow and Noida to the state exchequer.
The elephant is the symbol of the BSP.
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Public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party, said a petition filed by an advocate.
"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, reported news agency PTI.
The bench scheduled the matter for final hearing on April 2.
Apex court made it clear that the tentative view was expressed by it as the matter will take some time for the hearing.
"We will have it for final disposal on April 2," the bench said, reported the news agency.