Saturday, April 23, 2016

ISKCON temple row: Odisha officials conduct on-spot survey

Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Central Division A B Ota today conducted an on-spot survey of the land in Sipasarubali mouza of Baliapanda area in Odisha’s holy town Puri wherein International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has proposed to construct the controversial second Jagannath temple.

“There is an apprehension in the mind of the public that a temple like that of the Shree Mandir will be built. I am discussing that. Secondly, whether they are going to worship any idol of Lord Jagannath in the temple. Thirdly, if there is any illegal occupation of government land, then it will be freed from encroachment,” said Ota talking to reporters.
Earlier in the day, the RDC held detailed discussions with officials of the district administration at the Circuit House here.
The RDC tried to find out if any irregularities were committed by the Puri-Konark Development Authority (PKDA) while approving the plan for the proposed temple.
Ota also tried to find out whether ISKCON had any plans to construct Jagannath temple as mentioned in the brochure  and whether any government land was illegally occupied by ISKCON within the plan approved area.
Notably, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra on January 18 had alleged at a press conference that ISKCON was conspiring to construct another Jagannath temple in Sipasarubali mouza in Puri.
On the next day, PKDA had ordered stopping construction of the proposed temple till disposal of the case.
On the other hand, ISKCON at a press conference on the same day had clarified that Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra would not be worshipped at the proposed temple.
Following public outcry Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on February 10 had ordered an administrative inquiry into the construction of the proposed Jagannath temple by ISKCON in Puri by the RDC Central Division and submit the report within 60 days.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Probe begins against proposed second Jagannath temple at Puri by ISKCON


Prameyanews7, Bhubaneswar: On the backdrop of controversial issue of the second Jagannath temple construction proposal at Puri, the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) level probe has begun into the issue on Saturday.
The District Collector and the Puri Konark Development Authority (PKDA) will also assist in the investigations, sources said.
Notably, ISKCON has proposed to construct a Jagannath Temple over 18 acres of land at Sipasirubuli, on the south-western side of Puri at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crores. Apart from a replica of Jagannath temple ISKCON had also proposed to build a Grand Radha Krishna Temple, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Museum, Lord Jagannath Lila Museum, Library, amphitheater and auditorium, amusement park for children, Govinda’s restaurant,  international guest house,  ayurvedic clinic and yoga center, inmate ashram and prasadam hall, convention hall,   Bhakta nivas (residence for devotees),  Vedic school, Dharmashala (low cost residence for pilgrims) and a  Vaishnav market area.
The matter came into limelight after senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra alleged that ISKCON is planning to construct a second Jagannath temple, in Puri. He claimed that the ISKCON had already submitted a DPR to the State Government and the PKDA (Puri-Konark Development Authority) for the setting of a Jagannath Temple more than the height of Shree Mandir. Besides he claimed such a gore issue would certainly destroy the Odia culture and harm the religious beliefs of the State's people.
Following these serious allegations, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered for an administrative probe into this proposed project by ISKCON and directed to submit a report within 60 days in this regard. He had directed the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central region) to inquiry into the matter and submits a report on the issue. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Iskcon project director gives undertaking of 'no work' in High Court

Economic Times: CUTTACK: The project director of the proposed Jagannath Temple of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) today gave an undertaking to the Orissa High Court that since the plan of the project is in an approval stage, no construction work is now being undertaken at the site. 

The project director gave the undertaking in the form of an affidavit before a division bench headed by Chief Justice Vineet Saran. 


The bench questioned the locus standi of the project director and asked the petitioner of the writ appeal to implead the authorities of the Iskcon in the matter. 

Posting the matter to be heard again next month, the High Court has asked all the respondents in the writ appeal to file their counters within four weeks. 

The Iskcon had approached the HC seeking quashing of an order of the Puri-Konark Development Authority restraining it from going ahead with the work of the proposed temple. 

A single-judge bench of Justice Kumari Sanju Panda had on February 24 rejected the appeal of Iskcon and asked it to present its case before the PKDA as per the latter's notice. 
The Iskcon then approached the High Court again in a writ appeal seeking a larger bench adjudication to quash the single-judge bench order. 

The Iskcon is planning to construct the temple on an area of over 18 acres at Baliapanda locality of Puri at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. 

The PKDA had in January issued a 'stop work' order to the Iskcon in the wake of public resentment over the proposed temple which is being referred to as the second Jagannath temple in the holy town of Puri.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Orissa HC refuses to issue interim order in ISKCON Puri temple matter

Odisha Sun Times: In a major setback for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the Orissa High Court today declined to issue any interim order in the matter pertaining to the proposed controversial project for construction of a Jagannath temple at Baliapanda in Odisha’s holy city Puri.

A division bench of the High Court comprising of Chief Justice Vineet Saran and Justice Dr B R Sarangi declined to issue an interim stay on the verdict of a single member bench in this matter while conducting a hearing on the plea of Banamali Das of ISKCON.
However, the court has fixed the next date of hearing in the matter for Monday.
It may be mentioned here that single member bench of Justice Sanju Panda of the High Court had directed ISKCON to present its side over the proposed temple at the Puri Konark Development Authority (PKDA). This apart interveners in the case could place their arguments at the PKDA if they so wish, the bench had ruled.
The PKDA had served notice to ISKCON to present its side on the construction of the temple project. Citing PKDA had no powers to serve notice, ISKCON had moved the High Court seeking its quashing.
The single member bench of Justice Panda in its order rejecting the case directed ISKCON to present its side on the temple project and its construction before the PKDA instead.
Challenging the verdict of the single member bench ISKCON had appealed in the High Court through a writ petition.
Notably, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra on January 18 had alleged at a press conference that ISKCON was conspiring to construct another Jagannath temple in Sipasarubali mouza in Puri.
On the next day, PKDA had ordered stopping construction of the proposed temple till disposal of the case.
On the other hand, ISKCON at a press conference on the same day had clarified that Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra would not be worshipped at the proposed temple.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on February 10 ordered for an administrative inquiry into the construction of the proposed Jagannath temple by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Puri by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central Division) and submit the report within 60 days.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Iskcon to face inquiry into food-poisoning

Education minister Vinod Tawde announced on Monday that the education commissioner would conduct an inquiry into an incident of food poisoning from a mid-day meal at a zilla parishad school in Palghar district's Kasa Budruk (Taluka Vikrammgad) on February 25. Iskcon Food Relief Foundation had provided the mid-day meal.
He was responding to a call-attention motion moved by leader of the opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Sardar Tara Singh, Amin Patel, Varsha Gaikwad, Sharad Sonawane, Abu Azmi, Praniti Shinde, Medha Kulkarni, Tryambak Bhise, Amit Deshmukh and Rupesh Mhatre. The members had pointed out that 250-300 students suffered from food poisoning after the mid-day meal concerned. They questioned the government on the measures taken to combat repeated incidents of food poisoning in Palghar district.
The members pointed out that 25 students from the same school had suffered food poisoning earlier, on August 4, 2015.
Tawde said that there are 2,424 schools in Palghar district that are eligible for the mid-day meal scheme and Iskcon foundation had been entrusted the responsibility to provide cooked food to 1,012 such schools. He added that 1,02,390 students are availing the benefits of this scheme.
Tawde also said that on February 25, of the 318 students in the school where the food poisoning incident took place, 254 were given the meal. He said that the students suffered from vomiting and fainting, after which 108 of them were admitted to hospital and released in a day.
The education minister added that in 2014, 33 students from the same school had suffered from food poisoning and Iskcon was fined Rs10,000 for it at the time.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Odisha HC rejects ISKCON’s plea challenging PKDA order

Odisha Sun Times Bureau Cuttack, Feb 24: The Orissa High Court today rejected International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)’s appeal challenging stop work order of Puri-Konark Development Authority (PKDA) on the former’s proposed construction of a Jagannath temple in Odisha’s holy city Puri.

The court in its order directed ISKCON to present its side on the temple project and its construction before the PKDA instead.
The High Court on January 29 had issued an interim stay in the matter till February 17 forbidding any action in the matter till further orders.
ISKCON had moved the High Court following PKDA’s order to ‘stop work’ on the temple at Baliapanda and submit details of the project.
Following coming to fore of certain facts concealed by ISKCON, PKDA had served notice to ISKCON authorities.
ISKCON authorities had appeared before the district collector’s court on January 29 and had apprised PKDA through an affidavit that the High Court had issued a stay order following which the collector had adjourned the hearing in the matter.
Notably, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra on January 18 had alleged at a press conference that ISKCON was conspiring to construct another Jagannath temple in Sipasarubali mouza in Puri.
On the next day, PKDA had ordered stopping construction of the proposed temple till disposal of the case.
On the other hand, ISKCON at a press conference on the same day clarified that Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra would not be worshipped at the proposed temple.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on February 10 ordered for an administrative inquiry into the construction of the proposed Jagannath temple by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Puri by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central Division) and submit the report within 60 days.

Friday, January 29, 2016

High Court trashes plea of Iskcon Mumbai against ex-CA

Bengaluru, Jan 29, 2016, DHNSThe High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by religious organisation, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), Mumbai, seeking quashing of a letter by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India exonerating V L Varadarajan, a former chartered accountant of Iskcon Bangalore, from the charge of misusing funds. 

Dayaram Das, the legal head of Iskcon, Mumbai, had also challenged the disciplinary committee’s report against Varadarajan. The letter was written on January 12, 2013. Justice Anand Byrareddy dismissed the petition stating that nothing was brought on record to show that Varadarajan had acted in connivance with Iskcon Bangalore, and accordingly, the ICAI had not found him guilty. 

The bench said that it was a trite law that this court should not interfere with the findings of a professional body such as the ICAI when the procedure as per law had been followed. It dismissed the petition citing lack of merit. 

‘Merge complaints’ 

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday directed the Lokayukta to merge two separate complaints on manipulation of answer sheets for appointment of 197 public prosecutors. 
The petitioners, H T Ravi and N Udayasimha, have claimed manipulation of nearly 60 answer sheets and that 22 candidates were appointed munsif. Justice A V Chandrashekhear ordered the Lokayukta to merge the complaints and conduct a joint enquiry. 
Padma Shri Shriman Madhu Pandit Dasa & ISKCON Bangalore Team with V L Varadarajan
Padma Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa & ISKCON Bangalore Team with V L Varadarajan

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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