Judge Clears Way for Hindu Temple Foreclosure

November 2, 2009

Author: Andria Simmons

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Creditors changed the locks and sent more than a dozen priests packing Monday after a federal bankruptcy judge cleared the way for a foreclosure sale of the Hindu Temple of Georgia.

Judge James E. Massey also asked a U.S. trustee in charge of the case to have the FBI investigate potential criminal wrongdoing by temple leaders.

Anderson Lake Properties has been authorized to advertise the property at 5900 Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross for a December auction. However, the judge still has to grant final approval before a sale can take place, said Paul Durdaller, the attorney representing Anderson Lake Properties.

The decision to lift a temporary stay on the foreclosure came after Massey found the temple in contempt of court for failing to hand over requested financial documents. Creditors were allowed to proceed immediately to the property after the hearing to secure any assets.