The Weird Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which has filed an FIR in opposition to a journalist who uncovered a breach in its Aadhaar database, denied that it became as soon as attempting to gag the media or whistleblowers.
Dealing with in sort criticism for submitting a criminal complaint naming a journalist of The Tribune among others, the Authority mentioned on Sunday that it became as soon as “responsibility certain” to place all info before the police and criminal complaints had been initiated for the act of unauthorised secure entry to because it takes “criminal violations seriously.”
In a press birth on Sunday, the UIDAI, mentioned “An FIR… has been registered in Cyber Cell of Delhi Police in opposition to Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Raj, Rachna Khaira, The Tribune and other unknown persons for violations of Sections 36 and 37 of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, Sections 419 [punishment for cheating under impersonation], 420 [cheating], 468 [forgery] and 471 [using a forged document] of the IPC and Share 66 of the IT Act, 2000/eight.”
“UIDAI’s act of submitting an FIR with corpulent details of the incident ought to peaceable no longer be considered as UIDAI focusing on the media or the whistle-blowers or ‘taking pictures the messenger’,” it mentioned.
Editors Guild condemns
The Editors Guild of India, opposition parties and the local press clubs occupy condemned the action.
Expressing excessive field over the FIR, the Editors Guild of India mentioned, “It is clearly supposed to browbeat a journalist whose investigation on the matter became as soon as of sizable public interest. It is unfair, unjustified and an immediate attack on the freedom of the press.”
“Rather then penalising the reporter, UIDAI ought to peaceable occupy ordered a radical inner investigation into the alleged breach and made its findings public,” the Editors Guild mentioned.
Mr. Raj Chengappa, President, Editors Guild of India, mentioned, “The Guild demands that the concerned Union Ministry intervene and occupy the cases in opposition to the reporter withdrawn, other than conducting an neutral investigation into the matter.”
Per the police, on January four, 2018, a complaint became as soon as obtained from Deputy Director UIDAI B.M. Patnaik pointing out that an input had been obtained through The Tribune newspaper, dated January Three, 2018, declaring that they’d bought a service being offered for ₹500 by anonymous sellers over ‘WhatsApp’. The service equipped unrestricted secure entry to to details for any of better than a billion Aadhaar numbers.
In a press birth on Sunday, the UIDAI mentioned it became as soon as “responsibility-certain” to “convey the total details of the case and title everybody who is an energetic participant in the chain of the events leading to price of the crime, no matter whether the particular person is a journalist or any individual else. It would not point out that every particular person folks that are named in the file are responsible or being centered. Whether one is responsible or no longer will be decided after police investigations,” the assertion mentioned.