Notice to Sri Sri on contempt plea

Notice to Sri Sri on contempt plea

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued a notice to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on a contempt plea against him.

The plea filed against the Art of Living (AOL) founder is for blaming the Centre and the green tribunal for damaging Yamuna floodplains by allowing his NGO to hold the cultural extravaganza there.

“Notice to the respondent,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said while seeking his reply before the next date of hearing on May 9.

However, AOL spokesperson and legal adviser Kedar Desai said, “No such order has been passed. It is factually incorrect to report that any notice has been issued. The matter has been simply adjourned to May 9.”

Desai’s stand was contradicted by petitioner’s counsel Rahul Choudhary who said the bench has issued notice to the AOL founder and sought his reply.

During the hearing, the bench also pulled up petitioner Manoj Misra over his plea, asking him “how this has come in the press before coming to us.”

Misra has sought action against Sri Sri alleging that his remarks on social media had interfered with free and fair dispensation of justice.

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