Politics of vendetta: Shatrughan Sinha on FIR against journalist for Aadhaar expose

Shatrughan Sinha Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 09.24 AM (IST)

BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha has come down strongly in support of the journalist against whom a police complaint was filed by the Unique Identification Authority of India for an investigative report that revealed that an anonymous Whatsapp group was selling details of Aadhaar data available with UIDAI compromising the details of more than one billion Aadhaar cards.

The actor-politician, who has been critical of the government over a host of issues, called the FIR "politics of vendetta".

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Mr Sinha also congratulated the Editors' Guild of India for its strong response to the lodging of an FIR in connection with the incident. 

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The WhatsApp group was accessed by the reporter of the Indian daily the Tribune.

The reporter joined the WhatsApp group and paid Rs 500 via Paytm. In return, the WhatsApp group provided him with an ID, Password as an access to details of any Aadhaar number.

UIDAI dismissed the report as false and called it a case of "misreporting".

The reporter has been booked under Section 419 (Punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420(Cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (Using forged document) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) act and Section 36/37 of the Aadhaar act.

The Editors Guild of India condemned UIDAI`s action, saying it was designed to "browbeat a journalist." 

"It is unfair, unjustified and a direct attack on the freedom of the press," the Guild said in a statement on Sunday.

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BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha has come down strongly in support of the journalist against whom an FIR was filed by the Unique Identification Authority of India for an investigative report that revealed that an anonymous Whatsapp group was selling details of Aadhaar data available with UIDAI