Chakra Discussions

Extension on Application Date for Gurukulis

by Anuttama das

Posted July 13, 2003

Dear Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The application deadline for filing a claim in the Chapter 11 abuse case has been extended until August 15, 2003.

It is urgent that this information is widely distributed. After August 15 no claims will be accepted.

Can you please send this message out electronically, as well as by personal contact to any and all gurukulis who may benefit from this information. Also, ask those you send it to to pass it on as well.

It is very very important that any youth who may have been abused or mistreated file a claim now. There will not be another extention date.

Below and attached are:

  1. A letter of explanation from Anuttama dasa on behalf of the GBC urging those with legitimate claims to file, and
  2. A letter from Gupta dasa with more information how to file.

Please send these out far and wide and encourage contacts that should file to do so.

Thank you.

Your servant,
Anuttama dasa


GBC ENCOURAGES YOUTH TO SEEK COMPENSATION VIA CHAPTER 11
July 9, 2003

Dear Devotees and Friends,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am writing on behalf of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) regarding the child abuse lawsuit and Chapter 11 Reorganization proceedings underway in United States Federal Bankruptcy Court. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit from it.

The opportunity currently exists for young people who were abused to get significant financial and other assistance from ISKCON through these court proceedings.

The GBC urges any young person who may have been mistreated or abused at a gurukula (or temple) in the 1970s, 1980's, or 1990's to come forward and file an official claim to seek compensation, or assistance, through the current proceedings in the Federal Courts.

The decision of North American temples named in the suit to seek Chapter 11 Reorganization was approved by the GBC. The purpose of the reorganization was to 1) provide a fair system to assist any young person who may have been abused in the past, and 2) protect innocent devotees from losing their temples.

A federal judge will soon study the assets of the ISKCON temples/projects involved and decide how much they are able to pay. The exact amount of compensation and different levels of distribution are still to be determined by the Court. The number of individuals filing claims will not affect the amount of money the temples must pay.

Filing a claim does not mean one is "joining" the existing lawsuit. Nor will filing a legitimate claim at this time hurt ISKCON, or be an offense to Srila Prabhupada. No ISKCON member should criticize someone who files a claim.

It is imperative that anyone who has a legitimate claim files (registers their name) immediately. The Court has set a deadline of August 15, 2003 for filing, and claims must be received by that date. Names submitted after August 15, 2003, will not be accepted. Per court order, all claims will be kept "under seal," or confidential. The privacy of individuals filing claims will be protected and personal information will not be made public.

To file a claim, please go to the website http://harekrishnaclaims.com for detailed information. This is valid internationally, and is not restricted only to those abused in North America.

Your servant,
Anuttama Dasa
ISKCON Minister of Communications


Gurukuli Claims Deadline Extended
by Gupta das

July 7, 2003, Los Angeles, CA.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court entered an Order today which extended the Gurukuli claims deadline in the ISKCON Chapter 11 cases to August 15, 2003. All Gurukulis now have additional time to file a claim for compensation. Claim forms must be RECEIVED (not just mailed) by both the California court and West Virginia court on or before August 15, 2003.

Claims received after August 15, 2003, will be disallowed.

For FedEx delivery of the claim forms, use "Clerk of the Court" as the name of the recipient. FedEx also requires a telephone number. For the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in California use (818) 587-2900. For the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in West Virginia use (304) 233-1655. Note that there is a minor correction to the preprinted address on the West Virginia claims form. The street name is spelled Chapline (with an "e"), NOT Chaplin. While this minor printing error should not create a problem for mail delivery, it could cause a delay for FedEx delivery.

To protect claimants' privacy, claim forms are automatically filed by the Clerk of the Court "under seal." This means that all of the information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be available to the public.

For more information and to download claim forms go to http://www.harekrishnaclaims.com. To read about how to file a claim go to "ISKCON Chapter 11 Claims Deadline." To read about the privacy of a claim go to "Court Rules Gurukuli Claims Are Confidential."

With regards,

Gupta dasa
Joseph Fedorowsky
lawyer@oxfordlaw.com
gupta@krishnabooks.org

"Iskcon Chapter 11 Claims Deadline" is available at http://www.chakra.org/discussions/GurJun08_03.html and at http://www.vnn.org/world/WD0306/WD08-8119.html.

"Court Rules Gurukuli Claims Are Confidential" is available at http://www.vnn.org/world/WD0306/WD21-8151.html and at http://www.chakra.org/discussions/GurJun24_03.html.