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Greenpeace India Faces Shutdown

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Press Trust of India

Greenpeace India faces shutdown. The Tamil Nadu Inspector of Registration issued a showcause notice to the NGO for cancellation of its registration as a society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975.

Earlier in April, the Home Ministry had suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and had frozen all seven bank accounts of the NGO, alleging that the organisation was encouraging ‘anti-development’ campaigns.

Hitting back, Greenpeace India on Thursday said it will move court against Tamil Nadu government’s notice threatening cancellation of its registration and alleged that the “perversely framed and maliciously designed” charges were levelled at the behest of Union Home Ministry.

According to a report in The Economic Times, the Inspector of Registration found major irregularities. “It was noticed that the NGO had failed to either file the required documents/returns on time or file these altogether,” the report noted.

“Greenpeace is working illegally from Bengaluru,” an officer was quoted as saying by The Times of India. The report added that the Chennai office of Greenpeace has been working from an address other than the one applied for at the time of registration.

Denying any “wrongdoing”, the NGO, which received a notice on 18 June for alleged breach of Tamil Nadu state government regulations on registered societies, said the charges were “baseless and arbitrary” and it was a target of “hostile discrimination”.

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