Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was pardoned by the Gujarat forest department after paying a fine of Rs. 20,000 for a taking selfie with lions. He took selfies with lions at the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary at Sasan in Junagadh, which is an act strictly prohibited by law.
Since Jadeja is currently in West Indies, his father-in-law Hardevsinh Solanki, made a statement on his behalf and also paid the fine recently, said A. P. Singh who is the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) in Junagadh.
“We have collected Rs. 20,000 fine from Jadeja for flouting rules inside the sanctuary during his visit in June. Since he was not available, weIndian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was pardoned by the Gujarat forest department after paying a fine of Rs. 20,000 for a taking selfie with lions. He took selfies with lions at the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary at Sasan in Junagadh, which is an act strictly prohibited by law have taken statement from his father-in-law, who also paid the fine on Jadeja’s behalf,” Singh said, adding that the inquiry report is yet to be sent to authorities.
Singh ordered an inquiry on June 17 after some of the pictures went viral on social media sites. Jadeja, along with his wife Reeva, were seen posing in front of lions at the Wildlife Sanctuary.
The lion safari is one of the main attractions for tourists at Sasan, where tourists can watch lions inside the sanctuary from open-hood jeeps that are provided by the forest department. However, during the safari, tourists are forbidden from dismounting the vehicle.
There were photos of Jadeja and Reeva sitting on the ground, with a lion resting under a tree in the background, photos of the cricketer pointing at lions, and some even included the forest staff with the couple near their vehicles.
“Penalty and inquiry report are two different things. The inquiry report will be sent to higher authorities after we finalise it. Action against the forest staff would be taken based on the findings of the report,” Singh added. ;