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SC asks Mayawati to return public money spent on statues: What is the Memorial scam case?

The Mayawati government had constructed statues, memorials and parks in various parts of Uttar Pradesh at a total cost of Rs 2,600 crore

February 08, 2019 / 08:02 PM IST

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on February 8 asked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati to deposit the public money spent on constructing her statues to the state exchequer.

Although the matter was posted for final hearing on April 2, the bench was of the tentative view that “Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the state exchequer”.

This was in response to a petition filed by an advocate who had contended that public money cannot be used to construct one’s own statues and further propaganda.

Let’s take a closer look at what the case is and how much money does Mayawati owe the public exchequer.