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November 23, 2015

Court in India Stays Government Order Against Greenpeace

Greenpeace India said Friday that a court has temporarily blocked a government move to cancel the environmental group's right to operate in the country, reports the Associated Press. The ruling allows the organization to continue its work pending a final verdict on government allegations of financial irregularities.

Authorities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where Greenpeace India is based, pulled the group's registration earlier this month. Government officials claim the organization has underreported foreign donations and falsified financial records. Greenpeace denies the charges, which it attributes to its campaigns against government-supported projects in coal, mining, and other polluting industries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has cracked down on activist groups that receive funding from abroad since a 2014 intelligence report accused foreign-funded environmental and human-rights charities of undermining India's economic interests.