FIR against reporter of a leading daily over Aadhaar data breach story

The FIR also mentioned people, whom the reporter contacted for her report. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 07, 2018, 07.20 AM (IST)

The first information report (FIR) has been filed by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) against a reporter of The Tribune.

The FIR was filed after the reporter, Rachna Khaira, in an article exposed how Aadhaar details were being sold for a particular amount as minimum as 500 rupees on a Whatsapp group.

The FIR also mentioned people, whom the reporter contacted for her story.

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.

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UIDAI has claimed that the report that was published earlier this week by the Tribune is a false and called it "misreporting".

The report was about data associated with Aadhaar number was being sold on a Whatsapp for 500 rupees.

UIDAI has constantly assuring Aadhar card holders that its data is safe but several times in past there have been many reports of Aadhaar data leak.