Chakra Discussions

Court rules Gurukuli claims are confidential

by Gupta das

Posted June 24, 2003

The U.S. District Court Judge presiding over the ISKCON Chapter 11 legal proceedings ruled today in California that all claim forms filed in those cases will be placed "under seal." This means that all of the information on the claim forms (including all attached documents and records) will be treated as confidential. Accordingly, public access to your claim will be severely restricted to those who can prove 'good cause' for legitimate purposes after noticed motion and approval of the court. The West Virginia Court ISKCON Chapter 11 cases are proceeding similarly.

This significant court ruling should completely allay the legitimate concerns of potential claimants who understandably did not want the general public to have unfettered access to personal and sensitive information dealing with their Gurukula experiences.

Meanwhile, ISKCON continues to invite and encourage Gurukulis to timely file a claim for compensation. Rumors aside, filing a claim does NOT mean that you are suing ISKCON. Filing a claim does NOT mean that ISKCON Temples will be closed. Filing a claim does NOT mean that the victims fund has to be increased that much more just to compensate you. Filing a claim does NOT mean that you are offending anyone or doing anything wrong.

The Chapter 11 victims fund is intentionally being set up to compensate anyone and everyone who was abused at an ISKCON Gurukula, so please avail yourself of this legal and financial remedy. The many devotees world-wide who are working to bring closure to this unfortunate chapter in ISKCON open- heartedly invite and encourage you to participate. Please do so by timely filing a claim!

As a reminder: Your claim forms must be RECEIVED (not just mailed) by both the California and West Virginia courts on or before June 30, 2003. Any claims which are received after June 30, 2003 will be disallowed. For more information go to To read about how to file your claim go to "Iskcon Chapter 11 Claims Deadline."

With regards,

Gupta dasa
(Joseph Fedorowsky)