New Delhi, April 9: The Union Government has seized seven bank accounts of Greenpeace and also suspended it's registration. The Union Governments decision comes in the wake of the NGO Greenpeace not being able to explain the flow of foreign funds into its account.
Greenpeace has been in the eye of the storm ever since an Intelligence Bureau report accused the NGO of brining in foreign funds and utilising the same for anti national activities. [Why was this Greenpeace activist "offloaded"?]
Bank accounts seized
The centre has seized under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act the accounts of Greenpeace at IDBI, ICICI and Yes Bank. The NGO had seven accounts in these banks.
In addition to this the registration of the NGO too has been suspended for a period of 180 days. The NGO however has been accorded an opportunity to explain it's stand on the issue of foreign funds it has been getting to fund anti national activities. The NGO could make a representation in 30 days.
Funding anti national activities
The IB had put out a detailed report on the anti national activities of the NGO. It had issued a look out circular against its activist Priya Pillai who was recently off loaded from a plane.
It was alleged that she was on her way to brief MP's in the UK against developmental projects in India. Further the IB had also alleged that Greenpeace was working against the growth of the Indian economy.