Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has come in trouble after as the Gujarat Forest Department on Thursday ordered an inquiry against him after posing for picture shoot in front of a pride of Asiatic lions at Gir National Park and Sanctuary (GNPS) which went viral on social media. Jadeja along with his wife Reeva got down from his jeep and posed for a photograph. Both were accompanied by their friends during the visit.
“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,” chief conservator of forests (CCF) of Junagadh wildlife circle, Aniruddh Pratap Singh, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
The CCF said no time frame was set for the inquiry as the superintendent was busy with other work.
The Gir forest is known for the Asiatic lions, which have been classified as critically endangered in 2008. Despite the numbers improving to 523 in a recently recorded census, the forest officials have been extremely cautious after the fatal instances at Gir, which is the only place where Asiatic lions remain in the wild.