An FIR (First Information Report) was lodged against Chandigarh-based newspaper The Tribune and its reporter. The news has stunned not just the media faculty but the Indian nationals as well who have been forced to link their Aadhaar cards to their bank accounts, gas connections, mobile numbers, PAN card and even LIC policies. The whistleblower and the oldest paper in the region have been booked under various charges.
FIR filed against Chandigarh-based The Tribune newspaper
The deputy director of UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has filed an FIR against Chandigarh-based newspaper The Tribune and its reporter for exposing a racket that provided information about billion Aadhaar cards, which are claimed to be personal information cards.
The FIR against The Tribune and its reporter, who exposed the Aadhaar card information leak racket, has been registered with the Delhi Police Crime Branch cyber cell. The government has made it mandatory to share the Aadhaar card details and link it with all the personal accounts, facilities and policies such as bank accounts, PAN card, gas connections, mobile numbers and even LIC policies.
Charges against The Tribune Newspaper and its reporter
The FIR against the oldest paper in the region and the whistleblower who exposed the Aadhaar card data leak racket has been registered in Delhi. An investigation has already been launched in the case. According to the report, the FIR has been lodged under Sections 419, 420, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In addition to the IPC Sections, Section 36/37 of the Aadhaar Act and Section 66 of the IT Act have also been included in the FIR.
Here is what these Sections stand for
As per the report, the FIR has been registered under various Sections of the IPC. IPC Section 471 is ‘using as genuine a forged document’, IPC Section 468 is ‘forgery’, IPC Section 420 is ‘cheating’ and Section 419 of the IPC is ‘punishment for cheating by impersonation’. Other sections include Section 66 of the IT Act and Section 36 and 37 of the Aadhaar Act.
The reporter has received national support against the FIR. The media fraternity has condemned UIDAI for filing the police case against The Tribune and its journalist after a racket was exposed that provided unauthorised access into the Aadhaar database.
Source: The Tribune