Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said he does not mind going to jail if the court wants him to. Asked during an interview by a TV channel if he would go to jail having refused to pay the fine for the three-day World Culture Festival (WCF) proposed to be held in the Yamuna floodplains here, Ravi Shankar said: “Yes, I will”.
He also said that he would not pay the fine of Rs.5 crore slapped by the National Green Tribunal in a clear move defying its order.
The green court gave a go-ahead to the World Culture Festival, organised by Art of Living Foundation, on the condition that it pay an advance fine of Rs.5 crore.
The spiritual guru also said that the structure being made for the event was temporary and will be dismantled after the event. Many eyebrows were raised after the Army was misused to help built structures for the World Cultural Festival.
“The structure created for the event is temporary and will be dismantled after the event. We wanted to create awareness about Yamuna through this event,” said Shankar.