Greenpeace says its registration to work in India has been canceled amid crackdown on NGOs

Greenpeace says its registration to operate in India has been canceled under orders from the country's Home Ministry.

The environmental group said in a statement that it would challenge Friday's decision in court.

India began cracking down on foreign-funded charities last year after a government intelligence bureau report said economic growth was hurt when the groups rallied communities against polluting industries.

In April the government suspended Greenpeace India's registration for six months, saying it was underreporting foreign contributions and using them without government clearance. Greenpeace challenged the order in court.

Greenpeace India said Tamil Nadu state, where it was registered, canceled the registration at the Home Ministry's direction without giving the group a hearing.

Ministry officials were unavailable for comment after normal working hours Friday.