Will Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living pay Rs 4.75 crore fine today?

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The National Green Tribunal last week had ordered the Art of Living to pay the remaining Rs 4.75 crore fine for damaging the floodplains of Yamuna while hosting the World Culture Festival in February this year.

The vacation of Justice Swatantra Kumar had issued the order while rejecting the AOL’s appeal requesting to constitute a fresh panel to inspect the site on Yamuna banks, where the World Culture Festival was held.

The NGT though rejected the appeal for reconstituting the panel, it agreed to add two more members in the panel.

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The AOL was ordered to pay the fine by Saturday (today) to Delhi Development Authority.

The NGT will also hear a contempt application against organisation’s founder Ravi Shankar for calling the NGT’s 9 March order “politically motivated” on 2 August.

In its order on 9 March, the NGT had ordered the AOL to pay the fine of Rs 5 crore. The organisation had paid Rs 25 lakh promised to pay the remaining fine within three weeks.

But, it did not honour its commitment inviting widespread criticism on social media platforms, where the users took a dig at both Ravi Shankar and the green court mocking the soft treatment given to the spiritual Guru despite his perceived disdain for the rule of law.

On 20 February, an expert committee of the green court had recommended slapping a fine of Rs 120-crore compensation fee for the environmental impact caused to the floodplain of Yamuna.

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