Mumbai - A chartered accountant's PIL filed on January 4 in the Bombay high court challenging the state government’s ambitious plan to construct a Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea, has been dismissed.
As per the CA, the state’s decision to construct a Shivaji statue at a humungous cost of Rs 3,600 crore is illogical. "I have full respect for Shivaji, but I am against the huge expenditure of taxpayers' hard-earned money. Constructing a statue in the middle of the sea is nothing but a stunt by all the state’s political parties", he stated in the PIL. The PIL was presented on an urgent basis before a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Girish Kulkarni on Thursday. The bench, however, declined to hear the matter on an urgent basis. "If there are statues in Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad, we are sure that state government can afford this", the court felt.