Will go to jail but not pay a penny: Ravi Shankar on NGT fine

New Delhi: The Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today sounded defiant saying he would rather go to jail than pay the fine imposed on his organisation by the national green tribunal (NGT) for environmental violations over a cultural extravaganza on the floodplains of Yamuna.

“We have not done anything wrong. We have been taintless and will remain so. We we will go to jail but not pay a penny,” said Ravishankar.

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The NGT on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs five crore on AOL as environmental compensation while clearing the decks for its three-day cultural extravaganza.

The organisation’s chief Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also tweeted that AOL was not “satisfied” with the verdict of the NGT and would appeal against it. He urged political parties not to “politicise” the event.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also denied that any tree at the venue was felled and claimed that the trees had only been pruned and all they had done was level the floodplain.

“Not a single tree was felled. Trees were only pruned and we levelled the floodplain,” he said today.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also expressed confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the festival and claimed that people opposing it would “soon see sense”.

“This is like a Cultural Olympics. 37,000 artistes from all over the world would come together at one single platform. This is an event to bring people closer to each other. Event of this magnitude should be welcomed,” he told NDTV.

Notwithstanding the raging row over environmental damage due to the 3-day festival, the NGT yesterday gave its go ahead to the event to be held on the Yamuna floodplains from March 11, expressing its helplessness in banning it because of “fait accompli”.

Nevertheless, it imposed a fine of Rs five crore on AOL as environmental compensation after coming down heavily on the foundation for not disclosing its full plans. The green bench also criticised the DDA and Environment Ministry for their role.

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  1. “We have not done anything wrong. We have been taintless and will remain so. We we will go to jail but not pay a penny,” said Ravishankar. – Report quoting the Sri sri Sri (ahem)

    WHAT wrong has he done?

    This is a ‘conspiracy’ by the earlier UPA govt – esp., ‘Kapi Sibal of zero loss fame’!

    Or, is it (the conspiracy hatched) by Boko Haram or the IS (Idli Sambar – as per our polymath called – Rampai)?

    Our poor Yumreeki Rampuji is flummoxed as usual. He must have read the links I posted out here about how the Indian Army is putting up the ‘structures’.

    However, as usual, when I yank his Jhomblass chaddi down, he goes mum. EVEN the Sphinx would be MORE responsive, I opine! AND, this is what happens to Rampa on a DAILY basis. 🙂 Poor soul! He is so darned simple that he is quite immune to it!

    How will our Rampa REACT this time around?

    Will it be by way of posting links to some Youtube videos about what some LITERAL unknowns (such as Bill Maher, Tarek Fateh Abu Shawarma Bin Falafal, et al) said about somebody else? And, about how a ‘brilliant’ chap candidly says that he peddled Marijuana to push himself through College?

    Or, hey.. will he be stuck in a self-induced time-warp – all thanks to legalized (puff puff) and harp about my allegedly ‘rejected’ Yumreeki Visa?

    Lol! The simpleton is very unpredictable. Lets see what he has to say! I’m ALL ears.

  2. Sri Ravishankar

    Your lectures are amazing and useful. There is no doubt that you are very popular. But fact remains: law is same for everyone. Please reconsider paying this small fine. It is for environmental compensation which is not under your control. I agree that the fines are not standardised in India and most of the fines are politically motivated. You carry on doing your good work. Do not get upset with these small issues.

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