Art Of Living Finally Pays Compensation Amount To National Green Tribunal

06/06/2016 3:35 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Indian spiritual guru and founder of The Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar greets followers as he arrives at a meditation camp in Calcutta, India, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

NEW DELHI -- The Art of Living (AOL) has submitted the final instalment of its compensation amounting to Rs 4.75 crore for damage to the Yamuna floodplains during its World Culture Festival in March this year to the National Green Tribunal.

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living had deposited the compensation amount through demand draft to the DDA on June 3.

The NGT had earlier on March 9 refused to prohibit the World Culture Festival on the bank of Yamuna, but slapped a fine of Rs. five crore on the foundation for damaging biodiversity of the ecologically sensitive floodplains.

The Art of Living had on May 10 issued a clarification over the notice issued by the NGT against Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his alleged remarks against the green panel, saying the allegations against the spiritual leader were 'completely false' and based merely on 'newspaper reports'.

The NGT notice was issued to the spiritual leader for his alleged remarks that the fine imposed by the green panel for organising an event on the banks of river Yamuna was politically motivated.

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