Art of Living founder organizer Ravi Shankar said on Thursday that he won’t pay a Rs 5-crore fine for arranging a social occasion on the Yamuna floodplain in Delhi.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has cleared the World Culture Festival in spite of reasons for alarm of harm to the biological community, however said the establishment will need to pay the fine.
“We have not done anything wrong…we will go to imprison but rather not pay a penny,” Shankar, 59, told NDTV. “This is similar to a social Olympics…normally, something like this ought to be invited,” he said, hours before a hearing in India’s top green court at 4pm.
The green court has solicited the Art from Living to give an endeavor by Thursday that bio-enzymes won’t be released into the Yamuna. The three-day celebration starts March 11, and 2-3 lakh people are expected to attend.
“In the event that lakhs of people are coming, in what manner would you be able to think about this as a private occasion? If that this were the Kumbh Mela, wouldn’t the armed force be utilized to offer?” Shankar some assistance with saying. Chief Minister Narendra Modi will probably go to the occasion. President Pranab Mukherjee, be that as it may, has quit.
The BJP has protected the project despite hullabaloo in Parliament. Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), as well, has extended support, underscoring what numerous see as Shankar’s clout with political parties.
The Art of Living has said the occasion won’t bring on any harm, with Shankar calling a request to obstruct the occasion politically motivated. He said the green court’s decision was unacceptable and the foundation will move it.