National Green Tribunal (NGT) has termed Art of Living (AOL)’s comments on the expert committee’s report as ‘very irresponsible’.
The bench’s remarks came during the hearing when the counsel for AOL sought extension of time by three weeks for submitting its response to the expert committee’s report.
“The statements which your client (AOL) had made were very irresponsible. The media reports clearly stated what your client has said. What your client has done is very irresponsible,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar said.
Earlier, AOL had termed panel expert committee’s report on damages to the Yamuna river bed caused by ‘World Cultural Festival’ as unscientific and illogical.
The seven member committee appointed by national green body said that the area was completely destroyed, and not just damaged.
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They also claimed that report was contradicting its own earlier findings. “The area was notified as floodplains and not wetlands. In the Delhi Wetland Atlas there is no mention of any wetlands at the site where the event was held,” Art of Living’s lawyer Kota Desai said.