New Delhi: Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar have no sense of responsibility and thinks he can say whatever he wants' said the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday slammed the spiritual guru for damaging the Yamuna.
"Just because you have filed an application, who gives you the liberty to say what you want. You have no sense of responsibility," NGT Chairperson Swatantra Kumar said.
The comments came after advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for petitioner Manoj Misra, told the bench about Ravi Shankar's statement blaming the government and the NGT for permitting the AoL to hold the World Culture Festival on Yamuna floodplains last year. A seven-member expert committee, headed by former Secretary of Water Resources Ministry Shashi Shekhar, says the festival has caused ecological damage caused to over 300 acres of floodplains
He backed his statement, saying the authorities should have never given permission to hold the Festival if the Yamuna was "so fragile and pure".
Yesterday,Sri Sri said that if any damage has been caused to the environment by the huge three-day cultural festival he held on the banks of the River Yamuna in Delhi last year, it is the government and the court who should take the blame, because they allowed the event.
The event opened with Prime Minister Modi stage next to Sri Sri.
"If, at all, any fine has to be levied, it should be levied on the Central and state governments and the NGT itself, for giving the permission. If the Yamuna was so fragile and pure, they should have stopped the World Culture Festival," the 60-year-old, who has lakhs of followers around the world, said in a Facebook post.
NGT has told Ravi Shankar to reply to the quantification of the reports within a week. He has two weeks to file objections. The next hearing is on May 9.