Allahabad HC upholds EC order on covering statues

The Election Commission had passed the order for covering of statues of elephants as well as those of state Chief Minister Mayawati on January 7.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2012, 15:16 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday rejected a Public Interest Litigation
(PIL) challenging the Election Commission`s order to cover statues of elephants installed at various parks and memorials across Uttar Pradesh where Assembly polls are due next month.

The Division Bench comprising Justice Amar Saran and Justice Ramesh Sinha had earlier reserved its order on the PIL on January 16.
The petition was filed by one local businessman Dheeraj Singh.

Singh had moved a similar petition earlier which was
"dismissed as withdrawn" by the court on January 11 as the
Public Interest Litigation was found to have "technical
shortcomings".

It was submitted by Singh`s lawyer Anil Bisen that the
petitioner was "a devout Hindu who has felt hurt by the
Election Commission`s order as the figure of an elephant
represented the venerable Lord Ganesha".

The Election Commission had passed the order for
covering of statues of elephants as well as those of state
Chief Minister Mayawati on January 7, saying it wanted to
ensure no political party was allowed to "derive political
advantage".

Elephant is the election symbol of the state`s ruling
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and has protested the EC`s order.

Mayawati, who is also the BSP supremo, had described the EC`s order as one-sided and claimed her
sympathisers were likely to view it as a "casteist" move.

(With PTI inputs)