Defamation notice of Rs 100-crore to BJP MP Maneka Gandhi
Vice-president of ISKCON Kolkata, Radharaman Das says, "The comments of Maneka Gandhi were very unfortunate. Our devotees across the world are very hurt.
Kolkata: ISKCON on Friday said it has sent a Rs. 100-crore defamation notice to BJP MP Maneka Gandhi for questioning the religious organisation over its upkeep of cows in its gaushalas (cowsheds).
An undated video of the former central minister has gone viral in which she could be heard making accusations against the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
"Today, we have sent a Rs. 100-crore defamation notice to Maneka Gandhi for levelling completely unfounded allegations against ISKCON," its vice-president Radharamn Das said in a statement.
Stating that the worldwide community of ISKCON devotees, supporters and well-wishers are deeply pained by the allegations, he termed these as "malicious accusations".
Vice-president of ISKCON Kolkata, Radharaman Das says, "The comments of Maneka Gandhi were very unfortunate. Our devotees across the world are very hurt. We are taking legal action of defamation of Rs 100 crore against her. We have sent her a notice today. How can an MP, once a Union minister, lie without any evidence against such a big society?"
The ISKCON official also contradicted Maneka's claim of visit to Anantapur Gaushala (in Andhra Pradesh).Denying Maneka's charge, ISKCON had said in a statement: "Within India, ISKCON runs more than 60 goshalas protecting hundreds of sacred cows and bulls and providing personalized care for their entire lifetime. Many of the cows presently served in ISKCON's goshalas were brought to us after being found abandoned, injured, or rescued from being slaughtered."
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has termed BJP MP Maneka Gandhi’s allegations against ISKCON as “disgusting” and described it as a part of a larger conspiracy to spread animosity in society.
Reacting sharply to charge that “ISKCON” is the biggest cheat in the country which “sells cows to butchers”, Akhilesh said that “The question in the minds of the people is why the BJP leaders want to spread animosity in the society and at whose instance. Allegations on ISKCON are an indication of a larger conspiracy.”
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(With inputs from agencies)