New Delhi, June 19

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court for restraining Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati from getting her statues and replicas of her party symbol installed at public places by spending public funds. The petition also demands a CBI probe into the misuse of state funds.

The petition has been filed by a lawyer, Ravi Kant. The petitioner has alleged that public money worth hundreds of crores 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 the BSP, have been installed at public places by spending around Rs 52.2 crore from state funds,” the petition alleges.

Giving details of the ongoing projects of installing statutes in the state, the petitioner has charged that “the expenditure of several crores of public money to fulfil 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, her party and the Chief Secretary of the state respondents in the case, said the state government should be directed to remove the statues of Mayawati and replicas her party symbol from public places.

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