Madras HC stays cancellation of Greenpeace India registration

In April, the government suspended Greenpeace India's registration for six months, saying it was underreporting foreign contributions and using them without government clearance. Greenpeace challenged the order in court.

By: Reuters | New Delhi | Published: November 20, 2015 6:58 pm
Madras, Madras high court, greenpeace, Greenpeace India, Greenpeace India registration, Greenpeace India registration cancellation, greenpeace news In April, the government suspended Greenpeace India’s registration for six months, saying it was underreporting foreign contributions and using them without government clearance. Greenpeace challenged the order in court.

The Madras High Court on Friday stayed the cancellation of registration of Greenpeace India. The court ruled that the environmental group could continue operating in India until a final verdict is reached on charges of financial irregularities that the government has leveled against it.

In April, the government suspended Greenpeace India’s registration for six months, saying it was underreporting foreign contributions and using them without government clearance. Greenpeace challenged the order in court.

However, earlier this month, the organization’s registration was canceled.

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