Govt freezes Green Peace India’s Bank Accounts

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New Delhi: Citing issues of ‘Anti Development’ campaign across the Country, the Union Home Ministry on Thursday suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The organisation’s all seven bank accounts have been freezed from immediate effect. The order suspending the NGO’s FCRA registration has been issued to the Chief Functionary, Greenpeace India Society, Chennai.

The NGO has also been served a show-cause notice asking why its registration should not be cancelled. Security agencies, in their reports to the MHA, had recommended cancellation of its FCRA registration, terming Greenpeace India a threat to national economic security.

Observing that Greenpeace was adversely impacting the national interest and many of its activities could be prejudicial to public interest, the Home Ministry has also taken note of the United Kingdom’s interest in Greenpeace India operations. “The UK Parliament had invited Greenpeace India to ‘testify’ against the Indian government in a formal hearing, A UK-based television channel had also sought to internationalise related issues last year,” said an MHA official.

Also, government agencies found that in the past couple of years, several UK nationals, including cyber experts and activists, had visited the NGO’s offices in India allegedly to help it organise protest activities.

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