Major Decision in ISKCON’s Favor in Long Island Legal Case

Major Decision in ISKCON’s Favor in Long Island Legal Case
By ISKCON North America Council   |  Oct 17, 2021

Statement from the ISKCON North America Council

October 16, 2021


A North American authorized case that has lasted virtually 20 years took a decisive flip in favor of ISKCON this previous week. This long-running case, identified in ISKCON because the Long Island Court Case,  started in 2004 in Freeport, New York. At that point, a bunch of “ritviks” against the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) from exterior Long Island, via deception and subterfuge, took management of the Long Island ISKCON Temple and the Board of Trustees.

(Ritviks are individuals who oppose the continuation of the ISKCON Gaudiya Vaishnava parampara as desired by ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada; and as an alternative, consider that Prabhupada needed to instantly provoke disciples even after his passing from this world in 1977.)

After makes an attempt by the GBC to mediate the dispute and take away the ritviks from possession of the Long Island temple failed, a lawsuit was filed within the Nassau County Supreme Court. In October 2017 the courtroom determined in favor of ISKCON. However, the defendants appealed on a technicality and in January 2021 the appeals courtroom ordered a brand new trial.

This case is of worldwide significance as ISKCON stands to ascertain the next:

  1. That, as per Srila Prabhupada’s Last Will and Testament, all ISKCON temples are to be held for the good thing about ISKCON’s non secular society at massive.
  2. That, as per Srila Prabhupada’s Last Will and Testament, the GBC would proceed to be the final word administration authority of ISKCON’s non secular society in perpetuity.
  3. That ISKCON is a hierarchical non secular group.
  4. That the GBC is the only real and supreme administration authority that defines management and membership inside ISKCON’s non secular group.

The courtroom victory this week resulted from the ritvik’s submission of a late movement to current a prolonged listing of defenses and counterclaims on the new trial. ISKCON vigorously opposed this movement and in response the trial choose, Justice Marber “DENIED (the movement) in its entirety.” The Judge dominated that the ritvik request didn’t reveal an affordable excuse for additional delay or a meritorious protection and could be unfair to ISKCON.   

“We are optimistic that ISKCON will prevail once more within the upcoming trial,” mentioned John G. Stepanovich, lead ISKCON lawyer. “We anticipate a brand new trial date within the first quarter of 2022. This can be a prolonged trial that ought to final properly over one week, with witnesses referred to as from around the globe, and 1000’s of pages of supporting paperwork can be submitted.”



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