Mo­rari Bapu in hot wa­ter af­ter pho­tos with lion go vi­ral

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE GU­JARAT for­est department has be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions against god­man Mo­rari Bapu af­ter pic­tures of him sit­ting within me­tres of an Asi­atic Lion went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia. The pic­tures were taken within the pro­tected lim­its of the Girnar Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary near Ju­na­gadh in Saurash­tra. The for­est department is ex­am­in­ing the per­mis­sions sought by Bapu for the tra­di­tional Girnar parikrama (cir­cum­am­bu­la­tion of the Girnar hill in the area) which passes through the Girnar Sanc­tu­ary. The department had ap­par­ently given per­mis­sion for only cer­tain por­tions of the route. It was try­ing to in­volve Bapu in a cam­paign against plas­tic pol­lu­tion along the parikrama route. In­stead, a few mem­bers of his en­tourage took the con­tro­ver­sial pho­to­graphs. In Au­gust 2016, In­dian crick­eter Ravindra Jadeja had to pay a fine of `20,000 for tak­ing a selfie with lions at Gir Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary, an act strictly pro­hib­ited by law.

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