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Ravindra Jadeja courts controversy after clicking selfie with Gir lions

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 June 2016, 14:39 IST

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja sparked a controversy after clicking photos with the lions at the Gir National Park and Sanctuary on 16 June.

The Indian cricketer was enjoying a lion safari in the tourism zone of the sanctuary in Junagadh district along with his wife Riva Solanki when he got down from his vehicle and decided to pose with the big cats.

According to media reports, a couple of forest guards who were accompanying Jadeja and his wife on their safari were also reported to have joined him in the act.

Jadeja, a native of Jamnagar district in Gujarat, shared the photos of his trip on the social media which vent viral and attracted a lot of criticism from the authorities.

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"GNPS is a protected forest and tourists are not allowed to get down from vehicles while inside the jungle. But pictures showing the cricketer having got down from vehicle in the jungle and and having taken selfies with lions are circulating on social media.

"Therefore, we have ordered GNPS superintendent to conduct an inquiry into the incident and file a report," Aniruddh Pratap Singh, chief conservator of forests of Junagadh Wildlife Circle, was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

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According to The Times of India, Jadeja's sister Naina pleaded ignorance on the issue by saying: "I am not aware whether he got down or not but if he did, he wouldn't have known the rules."

Earlier in April, Jadeja had also courted controversy due to celebratory firing by one of his relative during his grand wedding.

First published: 17 June 2016, 14:39 IST
 
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