facebook
twitter
search
search

Greenpeace India sued for defamation

Jan. 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

MUMBAI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Indian division of Greenpeace said Tuesday it was being sued for about $79 million in a defamation suit for actions against Essar Group's mining activity.

Greenpeace said Tuesday the Indian conglomerate filed a defamation suit in the high court in Mumbai in response to a campaign against Essar's mining operations.

Essar issued a statement Monday saying action taken last week by Greenpeace caused "immense damage" to its reputation.

"Essar holds the defendants liable for damages and has accordingly, sought appropriate redress from both civil and criminal courts," it said.

Greenpeace activists last week climbed the side of the building housing Essar's headquarters in Mumbai, unfurling a banner saying the company is "killing forests" with its coal mine activities.

"We are being sued by Essar because their underhanded tactics have been exposed," Greenpeace said.

The advocacy group said 67 activists were arrested after the protest action.

The Wall Street Journal reports the mining activity in the central state of Madhya Pradesh still needs the government's approval to move forward.

Greenpeace activists last year were detained by Russian authorities following similar protests against oil drilling in arctic waters.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Compact cannon for British armored vehicles
Volvo unveils new child seat concept
JetBlue first major airline to offer direct New York to Cuba flights
New Zealand military receives medium heavy military trucks
BBC to lay off 1,000 people to make up for $234M in lost revenue