The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought the Centre’s response on a plea of environment NGO, Greenpeace, seeking to release foreign contribution to the tune of Rs. 1.87 crore meant for it, which was blocked by the RBI following a home ministry directive.
The HC asked the ministry to keep the frozen foreign donations as “interest-earning fixed deposit” till further orders. It also asked the ministry to file its counter-affidavit within three weeks and fixed the matter for hearing on October 10.
In June, an IB report submitted to the home ministry had alleged Greenpeace India of misusing foreign funds to hamper India’s economic growth.
The ministry subsequently issued a directive to the RBI asking it to put on hold all foreign contributions originating from Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation meant for Greenpeace India.
In its petition, Greenpeace India Society alleged that the Centre took action “without any rhyme or reason and without complying with the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.”
“Earlier on July 17, we had written to the MHA asking for documents on the basis of which FCRA was stopped, however, the government has not responded yet,” Samit Aich, executive director, Greenpeace India stated.