New Delhi: The Statue of Unity– the world’s tallest statue in Kevadia Colony of Gujarat, was put up ‘for sale’ for Rs 30,000 crore on OLX to meet the state government’s expenses for hospitals and medical infrastructure to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. “Emergency! Selling Statue of Unity because of urgent money required for the hospitals and healthcare equipment”, the description of the ad read. However, the online marketplace OLX did not approve it and removed the advertisment soon after it was posted. Also Read - COVID-19 Crisis: ECB Delays Start of Domestic Season Till August But Windies Series in July Likely to go Ahead
Later, the Statue of Unity authorities approached the and filed a complaint against an unknown person. Issuing a notification, Nilesh Dubey, Assistant Commissioner, Statue of Unity said,”An unknown person, with a malafide intention to defame the government had put up the Statue of Unity for sale on OLX, despite not being authorized to do so.” Also Read - English Premier League 2019-20 to Restart From June 17 After Three-Month Break Due to Coronavirus Pandemic: Report
A case was filed against an unknown person under IPC section 505 (publishes, circulates any rumours), 417 (Punishment for cheating), 469 (forgery) and under relevant sections of the Information and Technology Act. Also Read - Criticising State Govt Now Criminal? Twitter Calls Mumbai Police's Gag Order 'Unacceptable'
“The memorial’s authorities came to know of the issue after a newspaper ran an article, and approached the police. A cheating and forgery case was filed under the IPC (Indian Penal Code), Epidemic Diseases Act, and Information Technology Act,” police officer PT Chaudhary said.
The memorial to Sardar Patel, at 182 metres, has attracted several lakh tourists since it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.