Bangalore, Sept 7 (ILNS)The Karnataka High Court today dismissed a petition seeking directions to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation to refrain from collecting funds from public for its Cauvery Calling project.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum while dismissing the plea, appreciated Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s works and highlighted how Isha has helped the environment by undertaking planting of trees.
The Bench said that in this case, the Supreme Court has already dealt with the necessity of the forest and disaster which is taking place on account of the loss of forest cover. Therefore, the only remedy available to save mankind and planet earth is afforestation.
The bench further said that the efforts of Isha Foundation certainly require appreciation. Therefore, we must place on record appreciation for the steps taken by Isha Outreach in the matter of afforestation.
The Court further termed the petition as a “frivolous” one, which did not warrant the interference of the Court and deserves to be dismissed.
The matter which was reserved for orders last week, pertains to Isha Outreach, the organisation in charge of the Cauvery Calling project, had moved the Supreme Court in March against an order passed by the High Court on October 15 last year.
The High Court had on October 15 last year decided to treat the plea calling into question Isha Foundation’s Cauvery Calling project, as a suo motu petition.
The project involves steps to to revitalize the dried up rivers. The petition alleged that as part of the project, Isha Foundation was planting saplings on government land and collecting money for the same from the public.
The plea raised the issue of the government allowing its land to be used by a private organisation for planting saplings, without studying the pros and cons of the project.
During the previous hearing, the Court had said that an inquiry might be necessary to ascertain whether Isha Foundation collected funds from the public by projecting “Cauvery Calling” as a government venture? The petitioner further argued that the “collection of money from public is disturbing” as Isha Foundation is expected to collect a massive ₹10,626 crore as donation.