Aadhaar: Delhi HC Asks UIDAI To Share Information for Investigation
Moneylife Digital Team 24 January 2022
The Delhi High Court has asked the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to disclose information about around 450 persons who were allegedly issued fake Aadhaar cards for enrollment in civil defence training, says a report from Bar & Bench.
In the order, justice Chandra Dhari Singh says, "The respondent (UIDAI) is hereby directed to provide all relevant information, qua the persons named in annexure P-3 of the petition, as required for the purposes of investigation as per the provisions of the Aadhaar Act. The investigation agency is also directed to investigate the matter upon receiving the requested information, with due regard to the provisions of the statute."
The HC was hearing a case where it was alleged that the district magistrate (DM) of Shahdara gave benefit to around 450 candidates with fake Aadhaar cards who had enrolled for civil defence training. 
One Vijender Gupta had filed a complaint before New Delhi's anti-corruption bureau (ACB) alleging that the recruitment of marshals for the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses was illegal. Mr Gupta, in his complaint, had alleged that the DM issued fake certificates to about 450 people from his home state of Rajasthan, showing them as residents of Delhi to make Aadhaar in their names. 
Consequently, a first information report (FIR) was registered on 24 January 2020, under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act read with Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code by the anti-corruption unit.
"Additional public prosecutor Kusum Dhalla, appearing for the Delhi government, requested the Court to direct UIDAI to disclose information pertaining to the fake Aadhaar cards for the purpose of investigation. It was argued that the disclosure of such information by UIDAI is only for investigative purposes and in no way amounts to an invasion of the right to privacy of the card-holders," the report says.
Advocate Nidhi Raman, appearing for UIDAI, informed the Court that the Authority had no objection to sharing the information being sought, to the extent and in a manner as permissible under the provisions of the 2016 Aadhaar Act.
The HC then asked UIDAI to relevant information as required for the investigation.
8 months ago
Why this kind of investigations take 2 years to start? Such matters must be taken up on priority to set a good example.
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