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Can revoke licence if Art of Living doesn’t pay Rs 5 crore fine: NGT

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had earlier said he would rather go to jail than pay the Rs 5 crore fine.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2016 5:22 pm
Express Photo The NGT on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on the Art of Living as an initial amount. Express Photo

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday said that it could well cancel the clearance for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s World Culture Festival if the Rs 5 crore fine imposed on Art of Living is not paid by 4 pm this evening.

The NGT bench was informed that the payment had not yet come in. Earlier on Thursday Ravi Shankar told NDTV that he would rather go to jail than pay the fine imposed by NGT.

“We have not done anything wrong…we will go to jail but not pay a penny,” the 59-year-old spiritual leader said.

The court imposed a fine on the organisation after environmentalists protested that the event – looking to host lakhs of people – will damage the ecologically sensitive Yamuna flood banks.

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A group of farmers petitioned the Supreme Court asking that the licence granted be revoked, but the court refused to hear the petition asking the petitioner Bhartiya Kishan Majdoor Samiti to approach the National Green Tribunal with its plea.

Ravi Shankar said he spoke to the farmers and that they were politically motivated, and reiterated that he will convert the area into a bio-diversity park.

While President Pranab Mukherjee’s office said he will not be attending the function, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend it.

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    IML sood
    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:10 am
    Pure politics in name of environmental worry. The background of the petioners seems to be doubtful as none was worried when Yummna becomes dirty for so long and why all of a sudden awareness.Time and again warning is being sounded that some hidden forces are bent upon tu create confusion in society by raising illogical demands.A doubt in Delhi is always on anarchist AAP stooge whose presence can be found in each and every wrong acts.Readers may have their conclusition.
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      Chandra Shekar
      Mar 10, 2016 at 10:40 am
      It is about time NGT shows it has real teeth and not fake ones. The godman and his coterie think they are above law just because they are supported by the political parties for his vote bank. Delhi's AAP, BJP, Congress should hang their heads in shame for their support of such un elected godmen with large empires and wealth( unaccounted for). NGT should act now or such instances will happen again!
      1. M
        Mar 10, 2016 at 9:45 am
        It will reflect very badly on NGT for its High Handedness and messing with public emotion!
        1. D
          Mar 10, 2016 at 11:06 am
          AOL has not done anything wrong. DDA has not done anything wrong. GoI has not done anything wrong. NGT has not done anything wrong. Travelling dignitaries and artists have not done any wrong. Yamuna's water can't be wrong. So, well, nothing is wrong then. Gr8. But I am still confused. I must be wrong. LoL.
          1. R
            Mar 10, 2016 at 10:29 am
            It has already refelected very badly on AOL for its High Handedness and Arrogance by messing with right thinking people who are genuinely concerned about environment and Army being misused for a private affair !!
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