A PIL was filed in the Supreme Court seeking to restrain Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati from installing her statues and party symbol in public places at the cost of public fund and demanded a CBI probe into the misuse of state exchequer.

The petition filed by a lawyer Ravi Kant alleged hundreds of crores of public money is being spent to “falsely glorify” the Chief Minister.

“The said activity is being carried out as a state policy, which is arbitrary and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution. Sixty statues of elephant, party symbol of BSP, were installed at a cost of Rs 52.20 crore at public places by utilizing state funds,” the petition alleged.

Giving details of the ongoing projects of installing the statutes in the state, the petitioner charged “the expenditure of several crores of public money to fulfill the whims and fancies of an individual is against the principles of natural justice and fails the test of reasonableness.”

The lawyer, who has made Mayawati along with her party and Chief Secretary of the state as respondents, said the state government should be directed to remove the statues of Mayawati and her party symbol ‘elephant’ from public land.

“Every action taken by the government must be in public interest. The government cannot act arbitrarily and without reason and if it does, its action would be liable to be invalidated,” the petitioner said in his petition.