- Sri Sri cultural festival damaged Yamuna severely last year: green court
- Court and centre allowed it, blame them for any damage: Sri Sri
- Experts say will take 10 years, 42 crores to reverse the damage
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.
"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.
"Those who say the Art of Living is irresponsible simply don't know us or have gained a sense of humour!" tweeted Sri Sri after strong rebuke from the court.
"The truth is we have caused no damage to the Yamuna. When lies are exposed, it is shocking," he said. The next hearing has been set for May 7.
They said reversing the damage will take at least 10 years and about 42 crores.
Sri Sri and the Art of Living Foundation, which was founded by him, have denied all allegations of damaging the fragile ecosystem of the Yamuna.
The event opened with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on stage next to Sri Sri.