SC orders status quo on ISKCON property row

SC orders status quo on ISKCON property row

SC orders status quo on ISKCON property row

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar, while posting the matter for further hearing in July, however, asked the Mumbai and Bangalore centres of ISKCON to work out an amicable solution to maintain the "high credibility of the august organisation".

"We expect the learned counsel shall spend time and convince the two groups to sit across the table and find out an amicable solution. We do expect that the august institution would not continue with the litigation," the bench told senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi and U U Lalit appearing for the Mumbai and Banglore units of ISKCON.

On May 23, the Karnataka High Court had ruled that the entire property of Bangalore's International Society for Krishna Consciousness at Hare Krishna Hills belongs to Mumbai ISKCON.

Aggrieved by the order, the Bangalore unit of ISKCON, had moved the apex court by way of a Special Leave Petition.

The apex court, while ordering status quo, also said there shall be no interference in the day-to-day administration of the Bangalore unit.

Stating that ISKCON Bangalore had no legal existence, the high court had upheld ISKCON Mumbai's claim that the plaintiff society was defunct.

"There is no legal existence to Bangalore society. By falsifying accounts, President Madhu Pandit Das has conspired to breathe life into the society," a Division Bench comprising Justice Nagamohan Das and Justice Arali Nagraj had said while hearing a petition by Mumbai, ISKCON.