The Cauvery Calling initiative taken up the Isha Foundation has left the renowned spiritual guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in a fix. Hearing a petition filed by advocate AV Amarnathan, Karnataka High Court on Tuesday instructed Isha Foundation to file an additional affidavit disclosing the amount it has collected for the ‘Cauvery Calling Project’. The bench, led by Chief Justice Abhay Oka expressed its discontent over the spiritual organisation for not specifying if the amounts are being collected voluntarily. “Do not be under the impression that you are not bound by law,” stated the bench. On this note, the high court also warned the state government for not carrying out an enquiry even after a series of complaints against the organisation.
However, the state informed that they have not authorised the organisation to collect funds and that they haven’t received any complaint regarding the same. The petition was filed in September 2019 questioned why Isha Foundation was asking for people to donate Rs 42 per tree. “The organisation is planning to plant 253 crores tree saplings and is collecting a whooping sum of Rs 253 X 42 in a total of Rs, 10,626 crores which is a major scam,” wrote the petitioner. The case is adjourned for further hearings on February 12.