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Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:30

You have no sense of responsibility: NGT slams Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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New Delhi, Apr 20: The National Green Tribunal today slammed the Art of Living over its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar blaming the Centre and the green panel for damage to the Yamuna floodplains, terming it as "shocking".

NGT"You have no sense of responsibility. Who gave you liberty to speak whatever you want to. It is shocking ," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The observations came after advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for petitioner Manoj Misra, informed the bench about Ravi Shankar's recent statement blaming the government and the NGT for permitting his NGO to hold the World Culture Festival on the floodplains of river Yamuna.

Parikh told the green bench that the spiritual guru has gone to the extend of levelling allegations against the NGT.

The lawyer said that Sri Sri had posted the statement on the website of the Art of Living, his Facebook page and also addressed the media on the same in a written statement.

The counsel appearing for the AOL foundation, however, contested the findings of the expert panel and said that they have certain objections with regard to the findings of the committee and sought setting aside of the report.

The bench then directed the foundation and other parties in the case to file their response and objection within two weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on May 9.

On April 18, Ravi Shankar had blamed the government and the NGT for permitting AOL to hold the festival on the Yamuna river bed and said they should be held responsible if any environmental damage was caused.

The AOL head said the foundation had obtained all necessary permissions, including from the green panel, and the event could have been stopped in the beginning itself if river Yamuna was so "fragile and pure".

An expert committee had told the NGT that a whopping Rs 42.02 crore would be required to restore Yamuna floodplains which was ravaged due to a cultural extravaganza organised by AOL last year.

The expert panel has suggested that there would be two components of rehabilitation plan -- physical and biological, and they would cost Rs 28.73 crore and Rs l3.29 crore respectively, besides additional ancillary expenses.



Like [6]Dislike [0] #12 Abu Muhammad, Mangalore2017-04-20
Is this the same person who challenged the Govt of India and refused to pay the penalty, used Army personnel as his domestic labour for his private function and finally proclaimed PAKISTAN ZINDABAD in front of Defence Minister of India Mr. Rajnath Singh???Then definitely he is Desh Bakht and nationalist. Whoever objects him, should go to Pakistan.
Like [0]Dislike [4] #11 Vignesh, Udupi2017-04-20
Good Joke. NGT was in doze for 10 long years under the UPA Government. They were dancing to the tunes of SOGA and RAGA which was made public by none other than the previous environment Minister. It is totally absurd to say that the river bed got damaged due to the 3 day event. NGT should be re organised.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #10 AK Shetty, Mangalore2017-04-20
To understand please read the procedure of appointment of judges and then think about Congress was in power for all those years, also don't forget, only judges can remove judges!
Like [5]Dislike [0] #9 Indian, India2017-04-20
We know that but who cares? As long as you are aligned with BJP, you can destroy the environment, abolish the law (Babri Masjid), loot the Nation (Vijay Malya), get away with a murder (Vanzara), proudly claim the slitting of a woman's womb and kill the UNBORN baby, kill an innocent person on the name of eating beef .........and still be a staunch nationalist. JAI HIND!
Like [0]Dislike [3] #8 Anil, Mangalore2017-04-20
It will take 10 years to fix the institutions that Congress damaged.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #7 Santhosh Kumar, Mangalore2017-04-20
let the environment rakshaks chase him on roads and thrash till he runs out of this country
Like [0]Dislike [0] #6 Vinod, Mangalore2017-04-20
Now this Sri Sri 'Fan of Hindutava' is busy doing media events with CM of Maharashtra to clean rivers in Pune etc . What exactly do these Ramdeva and Sri Sris, and numerous temples and one more in Ayodhya represent about the Hindu way of life??? Or the great Indian Middle Cl ???
Like [2]Dislike [0] #5 Naveen poojary, Mangalore2017-04-20
The so called double Shri has been shown his place by the NGT.
Like [2]Dislike [0] #4 Praveen, Mangalore2017-04-20
India needs Uniform Criminal code to deal with people who challenge law of the land with political patronage rather than Uniform Civil code which politicians of a particular lineage are talking about to divert attention of ordinary Indians which he suffers because of non implementation of Uniform Criminal code by vested interests presently in Power
Like [0]Dislike [0] #3 Prashanth, Mangalore2017-04-20
The government approved it, the military erected it, the green panel/NGT gave no objection...and the AOL guys seemingly destroyed the plains of yamuna.
Now, who is responsible? tax paying common man ?
Like [0]Dislike [0] #2 Vishal, Mangalore2017-04-20
And he is supposed to be a spiritual leader. I hope we get a dictator who puts the fear of law, respect for environment into people, and has the guts to ban loudspeakers from 4 am to 7 am and after 10 pm
Like [0]Dislike [0] #1 Thomas, Mangalore2017-04-20
Well said !

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