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Auli wedding row: NRI Gupta brothers fined Rs 2.5 lakh for open defecation, littering

The municipality has collected 321 quintals of garbage so far from the marriage site.

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Updated: Jul 01, 2019, 11.01 AM IST
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​The Gupta brothers had already deposited Rs 5.54 lakh with the municipality​​ for the cleaning.
The Gupta brothers had already deposited Rs 5.54 lakh with the municipality for the cleaning.
DEHRADUN: The Gupta family of South Africa has been fined Rs 2.5 lakh for littering and open defecation during the extravagant weddings of their two sons at the Auli ski resort in Uttarakhand.

A fine of Rs 1.5 lakh has been imposed on the Guptas for scattering garbage and another Rs 1 lakh for defecating in the open, said Satyapal Nautiyal, executive officer, Joshimath municipality.
Waste left behind in Auli following the large-scale weddings hosted by the South Africa-based Gupta family. (Image: AFP)
Waste left behind following the large-scale Auli weddings hosted by the South Africa-based Gupta family. (Image: AFP)

Nautiyal said the civic body had also sent a copy of the challan to the event management company that made the arrangements for the weddings, estimated to have cost Rs 200 crore.

A bill of Rs 8.14 lakh has also been sent to the company for collecting the garbage left behind after the weddings, the officer said.

The Gupta brothers had already deposited Rs 5.54 lakh with the municipality, which also includes Rs 54,000 as user charges, and have responded to the challan, Nautiyal said.

Ajay and Atul Gupta's sons weddings took place in Auli on a budget of Rs 200 crore.
Ajay and Atul Gupta's sons weddings took place in Auli on a budget of Rs 200 crore.

The officer said the municipality had collected 321 quintals of garbage so far from the marriage site and had filled almost all the pits.

Ajay Gupta's son Suryakant's got married on June 20, while Atul Gupta's son Shashank on June 22.
Kritika Singhal (R), daughter of diamond merchant Suresh Singhal, and Suryakant (L), son of industrialist Ajay Gupta, got married in Auli on June 20.
Kritika Singhal (R), daughter of diamond merchant Suresh Singhal, and Suryakant (L), son of industrialist Ajay Gupta, got married in Auli on June 20.

The high-profile wedding was attended by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, yoga guru Ramdev, while actor Katrina Kaif performed at the wedding.


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