NGT slams Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over Yamuna plains damage: ‘You have no sense of responsibility’

"You have no sense of responsibility. Do you think you have the liberty to say whatever you want?"

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:April 20, 2017 12:36 pm
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, art of living, aol, aol world culture festival, yamuna river, Yamuna flood plains, india news, latest news The National Green Tribunal. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday said that Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s allegation of bias in the green panel’s report on the damage caused to the Yamuna riverbed due to a culture festival organised by AOL is ‘shocking’.

The NGT said: “You have no sense of responsibility. Do you think you have the liberty to say whatever you want?”

The NGT bench hearing the case also asked the petitioner to file an application with the details of the statement so that the court can take the issue on record. The next date of hearing in the case is May 9, 2017.

Earlier this month, the NGT said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living was responsible for destroying the Yamuna floodplain during the ‘World Culture Festival’. Following that, the foundation cried foul while terming it to be a ‘conspiracy.’ The foundation also stated that its legal team will study the NGT report and decide on the future course of action.

Holding the AOL foundation responsible for destroying the entire Yamuna floodplain, the NGT-appointed Committee of Experts told the green panel that the rehabilitation of Yamuna floodplains destroyed by AOL’s ‘World Culture Festival’ will cost Rs. 13.29 crores and take almost 10 years.

In 2016, the NGT allowed AOL to hold a three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ on the floodplains while expressing its helplessness in banning the event, citing “fait accompli.” It had initially imposed a Rs 5 crore interim compensation on AOL for the environmental damage caused by the event.

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    Vasudevan Venugopal
    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    Sri Sri should re ess himself. Perhaps he has fallen into the human folly of imagining oneself to be larger than life. Many comments on him on this board are not flattering. There is no use of entering into duel with NGT. While some muck and filth could have been cleared, there could also have been some inevitable damage caused to the Yamuna floodplain during the "World Culture Festival". Sri Sri should sit with NGT and settle the issues amicably. The NGT are professionals; after all.
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      Suresh
      Apr 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm
      Art of Living should be renamed to Art of Lying .
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        Vishwanath Natarajan
        Apr 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm
        Iam not a fan of Sri Sri or any other religious groups, but, as in everything else in India , motives have to be looked into before making a judgement. The NGT was setup in 2010 under UPA-1 ( meaning Sonia hi ) and is headed by retired judges chosen by the same UPA-1 which smacks of nepotism. NGT seems to be some kind of a retirement job for some of our judges . Ravi Shankar is looked on by the "secular" camp as being close to the BJP and this ruling by the NGT smacks of quid pro quo . The Yamuna and its surroundings in Delhi are full of filth and I find it extremely hard to imagine any more damage that the AOL event could have done. If anything , they probably left the place cleaner than what they began with. The Nehru family is great at picking up good for nothing people and giving them a ular and cushy retirement job thereby earning their gra ude forever and using them on occasions like this one.
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          Suresh
          Apr 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm
          Don't talk nonsense. like all dumBhakts, you seem to be suffering from irrational Congress and Sonia phobia. 3 out of the seven judicial members of NGT were appointed in 2016. The Lawyer for AOL actually blamed the Govt and the NGT for allowing his NGO to hold the event on the Yamuna riverbed and he also made other baseless allegations against the NGT which prompted this response from them . Pseudo-religiosity can only be used to fool the gullible m es not former judges of the Supreme Court .
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            kg
            Apr 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm
            3 out of 7 can not give a verdict which is given by majority, you argument falls flat.
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          Shridhar Shettigar
          Apr 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm
          When I watched Ravi Shanker debate with Zakir Naik in I understood what kind of fool he is. By accepting to debate with another stupid like Zakir Naik he bought bad name to Hindu's..
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            Kanu Mistry
            Apr 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm
            Will someone tell NGT to mind their language? Recently both Supreme Court and NGT have lost their sense of decency and think that it is their divine right to use foul language against anyone who they think is not behaving their way of thinking. Both think that they are coming from another planet and have unquestionable divine virtues in them. They both think that they are super human being and have descended to this land of India to bless people with their wisdom.
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              Desi Pundit
              Apr 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm
              India has become a banana republic of rss monkeys. Soon it will start sending more elephants into space, for whatever reason. Baba ram dev may already have restarted the old Indian practice of transplaning animal heads on humans-again for whatever reason. We will soon leave America and rest of the world in dust with our imaginative technology of past and able leadership of our g monkyji.
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                kg
                Apr 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                Has anyone actually seen the river in Delhi? For most months of the years it does not exist rainy season there are patches filled with slim and black foul smelling drain like water;You cant even stand near it.They have been sleeping for last 70 years.Now a show for three days covering a few acres of dry land is hosted and all this hoo haa, the damage will take 10 years to correct! Really?They actually cleaned up and made the place much better than it was before.This is nothing but an agenda.However,AOL will come out stronger.Same tactics were applied against other great saint, look where he is now, running a huge empire, serving the nation.
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                  Siva M
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm
                  Great Saint!!! Serving the nation!!! How ridiculous? He is a pure business man and a fraud. He cheat people to make money as simple as that. What service did he to the nation by the way other than making money to buy et for himself? Do you even know the meaning of a saint?
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                    kg
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm
                    You do not meaning of Saint because you are influenced by Islamic or Christian version of Saint Hinduism, Arth (Money) is a part of life and earning money is not a sin neither a Saint is not supposed to indulge in arth generating activities for society's benefits.It is one of the four goals of Hindu life.A saint who is serving society by way of building a trade empire is as much or even a bigger saint who is siting in Himalaya Hinduism Dharm is not just about devoltion, Karm (work) is also dharm.You do not understand anything.Take Islamic goggles off then you will understand.
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                      Desi Pundit
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm
                      A fraud who has succeßfully convined lot of fools that somefunny actions in the name of yoga will not only cure all their diseases but also ensure heaven after death.
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                        kg
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                        The greatest Fraud was MO BABA of desert who fooled everyone for his thharrak.
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                      Sudarshan Nityananda
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                      No matter what the faults of the festival held by Sri Sri and all his arrogance, he has caught the NGT on the wrong foot on one point. If the Yamuna flood plain were so important, why didn't the NGT have the guts to ban the event ? It would have caused some uproar and losses, but the NGT had all the powers to do this. Now, the damage is done and it is too late to get a prodigal Swamiji to carry out a mitigation exercise.
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