At an India Day celebration in 2009, a Hindu group placed an order for vegetarian samosas at the Moghul Express restaurant in Edison. The restaurant in Edison has admitted it accidentally served meat-filled pastries instead of vegetarian samosas to the 16 Hindus whose religion doesn’t allow them to eating nonvegetarian food.
The Hindus claimed the experience has harmed them spiritually and monetarily. The unhappy diners sued in Superior Court, but it was dismissed.
According to an Associated Press report on FoxNews.com, an appeals court has reinstated their lawsuit, saying they can seek money from the Moghul Express restaurant to travel to India to perform a purification in the Ganges River.
According to The Star-Ledger, Mehul Thakkar, a spokesman for the Yogi Divine Society in Lake Hiawatha, said the purification ceremony lasts from three to 30 days, and that the cost of the trip can add up to thousands of dollars.
Pradip (Peter) Kothari, president of Edison’s Indo-American Cultural Society said he thought the lawsuit should have been dismissed, calling it hypocrisy, saying, “They can go to a temple or ask God for forgiveness. God is not going to punish you for doing something unknowingly."
The court says the Hindus can pursue a breach of express warranty suit because the restaurant said they were getting vegetarian samosas.
According to Dr. Jai Maharaj on Flex.com, millions of meat-eaters have made the personal decision to become vegetarians. Hindus become vegetarians for health and ecological reasons, along with it being an expression of compassion for animals.