Maya statue spree: SC says can’t interfere if there’s no corruption

The Supreme Court today declined to intervene in the Uttar Pradesh government drive of installing...

Written by Tannu Sharma | New Delhi | Published:July 11, 2009 5:12 am

The Supreme Court today declined to intervene in the Uttar Pradesh government drive of installing statues of Chief Minister Mayawati,Dalit leaders and the BSP elephant symbol,presently on in Noida near Delhi.

“If a democratically elected government decides to do something without misappropriating public money,there is little courts can do,” the bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said.

While refusing to interfere in the installation of statues being carried out opposite Sector 15A of Noida,the court said it was a decision which had the approval of the state cabinet.

“If it has been approved by the government,this court cannot interfere,” the bench said as the petitioner,advocate Ravi Kant,sought a direction for maintaining status quo on the works being carried out at Noida.

“You should have gone to the High Court where some more petitions relating to it (installation of statues) are going on,” the bench told the petitioner.

The state proposes to install statues of Mayawati and BSP founder Kanshi Ram in a 4-km long walled area along the Yamuna in Noida.

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