Ravindra Jadeja was let off by Gujarat forest department after he paid a fine of Rs 20,000 for taking selfie with lions at Gir Wildlife Sanctuary at Sasan in Junagadh. The incident happened on June 17 when Ravindra Jadeja and his wife Reeva Solanki spent some time at Gir National Park. Jadeja clicked several selfies in front of lions his mobile phone. Jadeja posted the selfies on social media, following which the Forest department ordered an inquiry into the issue.
A P Singh, chief conservator of forests (CCF) of Junagadh, said, “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, we have taken statement from his father-in-law, who also paid the fine on Jadeja’s behalf.”
On June 17, A P Singh ordered an inquiry after some of the photos, where Ravindra Jadeja along with his wife Reeva were seen standing on the ground and posing in-front of lions, went viral on social media site.
Lion safari is one of the main attractions at Sasan, where the forest department provides open-hood jeeps to tourists to watch lions inside the sanctuary. However, the tourists are prohibited from alighting the vehicle during the safari.