Environmental activist Manoj Mishra, who has petitioned the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for a ban on the event, yesterday again approached it complaining that AOL has not taken permissions from agencies like police, fire and CPWD and that the Ravi Shankar has said he would not pay the fine.

The NGT bench, headed by chairperson Swatanter Kumar, said that AOL has time to pay the fine till Friday and law will take its course if it fails to do so.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the 'World Culture Festival' that plans to bring together people of talent, eminence and repute in which 3.5 million people are expected to participate.

In the wake of controversies triggered by concerns over environmental violations, President Pranab Mukherjee pulled out of the valedictory function on Saturday and there was no official word on whether Modi will participate.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who was one of the invitees, has also pulled out of the event.

On Wednesday, the NGT expressed helplessness in banning the event after activists petitioned the tribunal seeking a prohibition of the event on the ground that there was large scale violations of environmental norms on account of the event.

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