India has canceled a license allowing Greenpeace's Indian arm to collect money from overseas. The government says it has found holes in Greenpeace's balance sheet.
The environmental group confirmed the news on Thursday. It was the latest in an ongoing battle between Greenpeace and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, which had already suspended the group's license in April
India also blocked Greenpeace's foreign funds as well as put a freeze on seven of íts bank accounts, accusing the NGO of violating rules governing international financial transactions.
The organization was accused of damaging the country's economic interests by campaigning against mining and nuclear projects.
"It is yet another attempt to silence campaigns for a more sustainable future and transparency in public processes," Vinuta Gopal, interim co-executive director at Greenpeace India, said in a statement late Thursday.
In May, a New Delhi court allowed Greenpeace to gather domestic donations, making it possible for the environmental organization to continue its work despite the restrictions.
The latest decision marks another setback for NGOs and foreign charities operating in India, after the country added the American-based Ford Foundation and Christian charity Caritas on a watch list.
Modi's government has canceled the foreign funding licenses of about 9,000 charities since imposing major sanctions in April.
dr/kms (AFP, Reuters)