The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has responded vehemently to allegations made by BJP MP Maneka Gandhi, who claimed that the religious organization was involved in selling cows to butchers for slaughter. ISKCON has issued a defamation notice of Rs 100 crore to Maneka Gandhi, characterizing her accusations as “completely unfounded” and expressing deep distress over her comments.
Vice President of ISKCON Kolkata, Radharaman Das, made a strong statement, saying, “Today we have sent a Rs 100 crore defamation notice to Maneka Gandhi for leveling completely unfounded allegations against ISKCON. The worldwide community of ISKCON devotees, supporters, and well-wishers are deeply pained by these defamatory, slanderous, and malicious accusations. We will not leave any stone unturned in our pursuit of justice against the fallacious propaganda against ISKCON.”
The controversy erupted after a video featuring BJP MP Maneka Gandhi went viral, in which she labeled ISKCON as the “biggest cheat in the country” and accused the organization of selling cows from its gaushalas (cowsheds) to butchers.
Maneka Gandhi further alleged that during her recent visit to an ISKCON Gaushala in Andhra Pradesh, she found no calves in good condition, insinuating that all the cows had been sold off.
ISKCON categorically rejected these allegations, labeling them as “unsubstantiated and false.” The organization’s devotees and supporters have rallied behind it, expressing their outrage at the damaging accusations.
The legal notice served to Maneka Gandhi underscores ISKCON’s determination to seek justice and protect its reputation. The case is expected to generate significant attention and scrutiny in the coming weeks as both parties prepare to present their arguments in the courts.