PIL to cap fundraising for ‘Cauvery Calling’ project – The New Indian Express


Through Express news service

BENGALURU: Questioning the justification for collecting Rs 42 per sapling from the public as part of the “Cauvery Calling” campaign of the Isha Foundation, represented by Guruji Jaggi Vasudev, a city lawyer moved the High Court from Karnataka by dropping off a PIL, looking for directions to stop collecting.

Hearing the motion filed by attorney AV Amarnathan, the division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Judge Mohammad Nawaz issued a notice to the state and the Isha Foundation on Tuesday. The court adjourned the hearing to October 22, 2019, while asking the state to file a response in three weeks.

The petitioner claimed that Jaggi Vasudev asked the public to contribute 42 rupees per pole. According to him, the Foundation planned to plant 253 crore of saplings to save Cauvery. “If Rs 42 is collected, the total amount will be Rs 10,626 crore. The state cannot be silent about allowing a private organization to raise such a huge sum to do work on government land, ”he said.

The petitioner claimed that the foundation claimed to have carried out a study in the Cauvery basin. “They should have given the report to the State which should give its approval after deliberations on the report to know the pros and cons of the project. But this procedure was not followed. Therefore, the private organization cannot be allowed to carry out work on government land, ”said the petitioner.

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