Ahmedabad: Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja was made to pay a fine of Rs 20,000, for taking selfie with lions at Gir Wildlife Sanctuary at Sasan in Junagadh, by the Gujarat Forest Department which is an act strictly prohibited by law.
Jadeja’s father-in-law Hardevsinh Solanki gave the statement on behalf of Jadeja and paid the fine because the cricketer is currently out of the country, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Junagadh, A P Singh said.
The inquiry report is yet to be sent to authorities.
“We have collected Rs 20,000 fine from Jadeja for flouting rules inside the sanctuary during his visit in June.” Said P Singh according to NDTV.
“Since he was not available, we have taken statement from his father-in-law, who also paid the fine on Jadeja’s behalf.”
On June 17, Singh ordered an inquiry after some of the photos, where Jadeja along with his wife Reeva were seen standing on the ground and posing in-front of lions, went viral on social media platforms.
Lion safari is one of the main attractions at Sasan, where the forest department provides jeeps to tourists so that they can watch lions inside the sanctuary. However, the tourists are not allowed alighting the vehicle during the safari.