India temporarily suspended Greenpeace India's registration Thursday, saying the environmental organization has underreported foreign contributions and used them without government approval, The Washington Post and Reuters report. Greenpeace has 30 days to challenge the six-month order, under which its Indian bank accounts would be frozen.
A senior Indian official said the government has evidence that Greenpeace "has been misreporting their funds and using their unaccounted foreign aid to stall crucial development projects." India began cracking down last year on Greenpeace and other activist groups that receive money from abroad, saying they were hurting the country's economy by campaigning against nuclear and coal plants, uranium mines, and other industrial projects. Greenpeace India called the restrictions "clear attempts to silence criticism and dissent."