New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati to pay back all the public money spent on erecting her statues and those of elephants – the party symbol – at parks in Lucknow and Noida to the state exchequer. Also Read - Supreme Court Slaps Rs 50,000 Fine on Waseem Rizvi For Plea Seeking Removal of Verses From Holy Quran

The bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjeev Khanna, was hearing a petition filed by an advocate who had contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party. Next hearing in connection with the case is scheduled for April 2. Also Read - Supreme Court Reverts to Virtual Hearings After 50% Staff Test COVID Positive

“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the state exchequer,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. Also Read - SC Dismisses Pleas Of Maharashtra Govt, Anil Deshmukh Against CBI Enquiry On Parambir Singh's Allegations

Making it clear that the tentative view was expressed as the matter will take some time for hearing, the apex court said, “We will have it for final disposal on April 2.”