Aadhaar data for Rs 500: 'Open ended' FIR filed against whistle-blower
New Delhi : Delhi police has registered an 'open-ended' FIR in the the alleged leak of Aadhaar Data for Rs 500 and 10 minutes.
The FIR has been lodged over a complaint by a senior UIDAI official under Sections 36 and 37 of the Aadhaar Act, apart from Indian Penal Code sections on cheating, forgery and impersonation, and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act.
On January 3, The Tribune newspaper had published a report claiming that their reporter was able to access details of any Aadhaar number by paying only Rs 500 to an agent.
The cops have refused claims that they are targeting newspaper or the reporter. "We have not named anyone as an accused yet," a police spokesperson said. The first page of the FIR, accessed by TOI, says "unknown" under the column 'accused'.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Delhi Police said, "On 5.1.18, UIDAI lodged a complaint in the cyber cell that an input had been received through the newspaper Tribune regarding violation of the Grievance Redressal System of UIDAI. Accordingly, the complaint given by UIDAI has been converted into an FIR which is "open ended"... The complaint given by UIDAI has only mentioned the name of the reporter who was purportedly given access. Investigation has been initiated with the present focus on tracing and booking the person who has shared the password."