Will go to jail but not pay a penny: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on NGT fine

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:28 GMT, Mar 10, 2016 |

Art of Living founder Ravi Shankar said on Thursday that he will not pay a Rs 5-crore penalty for organising a cultural event on the Yamuna floodplain in Delhi.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has cleared the World Culture Festival despite fears of damage to the ecosystem, but said the foundation will have to pay the fine.

“We have not done anything wrong…we will go to jail but not pay a penny,” the 59-year-old self-proclaimed spiritual leader Ravi Shankar said..

“This is like a cultural Olympics…normally, something like this should be welcomed,” he said, just hours before a hearing in India’s top green court at 4pm.

The green court has asked the Art of Living to give an undertaking by Thursday that bioenzymes will not be released into the Yamuna.

The three-day festival begins March 11, and 2-3 lakh people are expected.