Madras HC stays or­der dereg­is­ter­ing Green­peace In­dia

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CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Fri­day stayed a Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment or­der can­celling Green­peace In­dia’s reg­is­tra­tion, ob­serv­ing the state’s regis­trar of so­ci­eties did not fol­low the prin­ci­ples of nat­u­ral jus­tice while tak­ing ac­tion against the NGO.

Act­ing on a pe­ti­tion by Green­peace, the court stayed the process to in­val­i­date the en­vi­ron­men­tal group’s reg­is­tra­tion af­ter state au­thor­i­ties sum­mar­ily can­celled its li­cence ear­lier this month.

This is the sixth time in the past year and a half that Green­peace and its activists have suc­ceeded against mul­ti­ple at­tempts to re­strict its oper­a­tions and fund­ing, as also ac­tions aimed at shut­ting it down.

In the can­cel­la­tion let­ter, the Tamil Nadu regis­trar of so­ci­eties had said the so­ci­ety did not file its an­nual re­turns within the stip­u­lated time for three years, in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009.

“We were con­fi­dent the courts would agree that Green­peace is on sound le­gal foot­ing and has done noth­ing wrong, notwith­stand­ing the gov­ern­ment’s ridicu­lous al­le­ga­tions of fraud in this in­stance. Our ac­counts are an open book and on our web­site for all to in­spect,” Priya Pil­lai of Green­peace In­dia was quoted as say­ing.

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