"We have not done anything wrong. We have been taintless and will remain so. We we will go to jail but not pay a penny," said Sri Sri Ravishankar.
    
The NGT on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs five crore on AOL as environmental compensation while clearing the decks for its three-day cultural extravaganza. The organisation's chief Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also tweeted that AOL was not 'satisfied' with the verdict of the NGT and would appeal against it. He urged political parties not to 'politicise' the event.
    
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also denied that any tree at the venue was felled and claimed that the trees had only been pruned and all they had done was level the floodplain. "Not a single tree was felled. Trees were only pruned and we levelled the floodplain," he said today.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also expressed confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the festival and claimed that people opposing it would "soon see sense".
    
"This is like a Cultural Olympics. 37,000 artistes from all over the world would come together at one single platform. This is an event to bring people closer to each other. Event of this magnitude should be welcomed," he said.

 

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