SC to pass orders on UP`s memorials row

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 21:41

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it
would pass an order tomorrow on the row relating to
construction of various memorials for and statues of Dalit
icons by Mayawati government in Lucknow.

It would also pass an order on contempt proceedings
against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary in connection with
the row.

A bench of Justices H S Bedi and A K Patnaik also
asked the UP government to file an affidavit on maintenance
works it proposed to undertake at the site though no further
construction activities would be permitted at the site until
the state High Court decides on the issue.

The apex court said it would ask the Allahabad High Court
to decide on a bunch of petitions filed by NGO Gomti Nagar
Kalyan Sanstha and other individuals challenging Mayawati
government`s decision on the construction of the memorials.

The two-judge bench decided to pass the orders after
hearing at length for the past one week the arguments put
forward by the rival sides.

While the UP government had insisted that it had every
right to construct the memorials, the petitioners opposed the
same on the ground that public money cannot be squandered to
pander to the political interests of ruling BSP.

The apex court had earlier stayed the construction of
the memorials and said it would examine the constitutional
validity of the state government`s exercise.

It had also issued a contempt notice to the Chief
Secretary following media reports that despite stay on the
construction, the state was carrying out the works.

The Chief Secretary had subsequently filed an
affidavit denying any violation of the apex court order and
contended that whatever works were undertaken were at those
sites which did not form part of the subject matter of writ
petitions pending either before the high court or the Supreme
Court.

The Chief Secretary had also tendered an unconditional
apology if any of its orders were violated inadvertently.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 21:41

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