Lucknow, April 2: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Tuesday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court justifying expenses in installation of statues of herself and elephants, the party’s symbol in the state.
“it was the will of the people”, the BSP Chief told the apex court.
The affidavit was in compliance with the last order (February 8) of the Supreme Court asking her that prima facie, it seems that she needs to pay back the money as she had spent a lot of public money on installation of many statutes of herself and elephants in Uttar Pradesh.
The remarks were made by the apex court while hearing a plea filed by an advocate seeking direction to restrain her from spending public money on building statues.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said “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, also comprising justices Deepka Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, had fixed April 2 for final hearing in the matter.