HC Extends Status-Quo on Construction Work Around Isha’s Adiyogi Statue in Chikkaballapura

The High Court of Karnataka has extended its status-quo on construction and developmental works around the Adiyogi statue built at Avalagurki village in Chikkaballapura by Isha Foundation.

Earlier, the court had ordered status-quo on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the construction of the statue, citing damage to the environment.

The Isha Foundation of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva has built the statue in the village around 60 kilometers from Bengaluru.

The division bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Ashok S Kingai heard the PIL filed by local villagers challenging the installation of the 112 ft statue by Isha Yoga Centre at the foothills of Nandi Hills in Chikkaballapura.

The advocate representing Isha foundation sought relief from the interim order. However, the court turned down the request, stating that there was no prejudice.

Last month, the HC had allowed the unveiling of the statue on January 15, but without carrying out any further construction at the site.

The petitioners pointed to the court that on the day of inauguration, firecrackers were burst, causing damage the environment. To this, the court said it would consider the issues and adjourned the hearing.

When Isha Foundation requested the court to list the matter on Tuesday, the bench rejected the plea and said the date of hearing cannot be fixed on the demands of the litigants.

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