PRESS RELEASE 24 September 2007, New Delhi
World Bank officials shy away from participation
'TRIBUNAL FINDS UNDUE INFLUENCE OF BANK ON INDIA'S NATIONAL POLICIES'
New Delhi: The four day Independent Peoples Tribunal (IPT) on the World Bankin India concluded here today hearing numerous depositions indicting the Bank's policy and project interventions in India.
While the World Bank India office did engage with the IPT and claimed they would make a deposition to respond to some of the evidence against the Bank, they failed to show up despite provision of adequate space and time by the organisers.
In its preliminary findings, the IPT observed the Bank had an undue and disturbingly negative influence in shaping India's national policies disproportionate to its contribution, financial or otherwise.