On Tuesday, The Karnataka High Court dismissed a plea seeking directions to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation to refrain from collecting funds from the public for its “Cauvery Calling project”.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum also stated how Isha Outreach has undertaken planting of trees and more social work. The Cauvery Calling project involves work to strengthen rivers which has dried up. The petition read that as part of the project was planting saplings on government land and collecting money for the same from the public. Isha Foundation is expected to collect a sum of ₹10,626 crore as donation for the cauvery calling project.
The plea by advocate AV Amarnathan had raised the issue of the government allowing its land to be used by a private organisation for planting trees on the same land.
The Court had in October 2020 decided to treat the case as a suo motu petition, after removing the petitioner but today the court said that “planting trees in a barren land is not a crime, though the respondents were not resorting to the same”.