Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday struck down a PIL seeking directions for covering of statues
of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi in various
parts of Uttar Pradesh as they may help Congress "derive"
political mileage during the assembly polls.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice S R Alam and
Justice Ran Vijai Singh struck down the public interest
litigation filed by Allahabad-based organisation "Adivasi
Samajotthan Evam Kalyan Samiti" through its president R K
In the PIL, it had been contended that public money had
been spent for constructing these statues which were installed
by the Congress in various parts of the state and, hence,
these should be covered to prevent the party from deriving
Another prayer made was that Congress workers be
restrained from carrying the national tricolour during the
The PIL was filed on January 21, barely a fortnight after
the Election Commission had ordered covering of statues of
elephant - which is the poll symbol of the ruling Bahujan
Samaj Party in the state - and those of party supremo and
Chief Minister Mayawati.
Holding that this was necessary to prevent the party in
power from "deriving political mileage", a PIL challenging
this order of the poll panel was filed in the high court but
was similarly struck down on January 24 by another division
bench which held that the petition was "frivolous".