SC refuses to intervene in Mayawati statue installation case

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New Delhi, July 10 (ANI): A two Judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam, today, refused to stop the installation of statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and other Dalit leaders in NOIDA.

Rejecting a petition filed by lawyer Ravi Kant, the apex court bench said, the process has been approved by the state cabinet, the court can't intervene, till reports of misappropriation are brought into focus.

Environmentalists are opposing the installation of statues of Mayawati, her political mentor Kanshi Ram and Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on the Yamuna Riverbed near Sector 15A of Noida, alleging that the installation violates green laws.

The apex court had issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh Government and Mayawati separately on June 29 on the matter.

Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh allege that the government is spending around Rs 2,000 crore for installing these statues across the state. (ANI)

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