Govt cancels Greenpeace India's FCRA licence

In yet another crackdown on NGOs, government on Thursday cancelled the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) for its activities which allegedly hampered country's economic growth.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 03, 2015, 23:43 PM IST
Govt cancels Greenpeace India's FCRA licence

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it cancelled foreign contribution registration of Greenpeace India as it was continuing to use its FCRA accounts despite suspension of the same.

MHA, in an affidavit filed in court, has claimed that Greenpeace violated Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) by mixing its foreign and domestic contributions.

The affidavit has been filed in a plea moved by the NGO challenging suspension of its FCRA registration and freezing of its foreign and domestic contribution accounts.

The court had on May 27 allowed Greenpeace to use two of its accounts for the purpose of receiving and utilising fresh domestic donations for its day-to-day functioning.

The Ministry had on April 9 suspended the NGO's registration under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for 180 days.

The Greenpeace said in its petition that the Ministry had earlier issued show cause notice to it asking why its registration should not be cancelled for allegedly transferring monies from its "FCRA-designated bank to the FCRA utilisation account and from there to five other undeclared utilisation bank accounts without informing the authority".