Mayawati seeks SC permission for completion of 'smarak' projects
TNN, 29 January 2010, 03:58am IST
NEW DELHI: Nearly four months after the Supreme Court took exception
to huge public funds being spent on 24 memorial projects for Dalit
leaders in Lucknow and stayed all ongoing work, the Mayawati
government on Thursday sought its permission to complete the work at
the project sites.
The reason for such permission articulated in the application filed
through additional advocate general Shail Kumar Dwivedi was
interesting to say the least for it said: "Public funds have been
expended on these constructions, and it is necessary that they be
fully completed by the contractors, which at this stage requires
removal of shortcomings.
The state through senior advocate Harish Salve gave an undertaking
before a Bench comprising Justices H S Bedi and A K Patnaik that "no
new project will be launched nor any new construction undertaken in
any of these projects."
Before reserving the orders on UP's application, the Bench sought
response of the petitioners. Their counsel -- senior advocates A M
Singhvi and Rajeev Dhawan -- termed this as a "trap" to eke out a
concession which the apex court had stoutly denied through its interim
orders of September 11 and October 6 last year.
Singhvi said no grave urgency has been pointed out by the state to
carry on with the unfinished work and expressed apprehension that "it
is a trap by the state of Uttar Pradesh". The Bench said: "We can
assure you that we will not get into any trap."
Dhawan said that the nature and breadth of work specified by the UP
government to be carried out at Kashiram Smarak Sthal, Ramabai
Ambedkar Maidan, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Sthal, Samajik Parivartan
Sangrahalaya (Stupa) and Pratibimb Sthal and Pyramid (Drishya Sthal)
only showed the anxiety of the state to get on with the unfinished
work in the name of maintenance and repair.
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