news Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 05:30
After being constantly under the radar of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for allegedly violating sections under the FCRA act, Greenpeace India is now in the crosshairs of the Tamil Nadu government too. According to a report in the Business Standard, the Tamil Nadu registrar of societies visited the organisation’s office on Wednesday. The organisation claim that the inspection was part of a move to shut it down. The report mentions that during the scheduled visit at 11:30 a.m., officials from the Tamil Nadu government came in for the inspection, refusing to submit their request in writing. Instead, the team reportedly told Greenpeace that they were looking at the organisation’s society status. It is the basis on which Greenpeace operates in India.   Programme director for Greenpeace India Divya Raghunandan said that “We refuse to be intimidated, and we will cooperate fully with this investigation, as we have done throughout. This week our society status is under investigation, next week we will face a huge tax bill. The pattern here is so obvious it is frankly embarrassing for the government.” In a statement, the organisation said: "Greenpeace India is a charity, and thus should be exempt from most taxes. But the government has chosen to retrospectively remove its tax exemption on a number of items.” Two bank accounts of Greenpeace India were unlocked on May 27, over a month after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) suspended the organisation's registration under the FCRA for six months. Also Read: Delhi cop takes on Uber online after taxi services defy government order
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