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    The international environmental group has had its license revoked by the Indian government and has one month to close down under accusations of data falsification and fraud.

    The order was issued by authorities in Tamil Nadu, the southern Indian state where Greenpeace was registered, according to the watchdog’s online release published on Friday.

    In the official document dated November 4th the company was denounced as submitting false information to authorities and engaging in fraudulent dealings, like falsification of balance sheets.

    “The Registrar of Societies is clearly acting under directions from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi, which has been trying to shut Greenpeace India down for over a year now,” Vinuta Gopal, interim director for Greenpeace India, Vinuta Gopal, claimed in the release.

    “The MHA’s clumsy tactics to suppress free speech and dissenting voices are turning into a major national and international embarrassment for this government. This is an extension of the deep intolerance for differing viewpoints that sections of this government seem to harbor,” she added.

    Reuters reports that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been launching a campaign against foreign-funded charities since last year. Almost 9,000 Indian NGOs have reportedly had their registration cancelled for allegedly failing to detail foreign funds. Greenpeace’s permission for overseas funding was withdrawn last year over accusations funds were used to hinder industrial projects.

    Greenpeace has a long record of campaigning against nuclear power and toxic waste management and genetically modified crops along with coal mines in forests in India.

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