Madras HC stays order deregistering Greenpeace India
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.