“Credible allegation” that only Aadhaar-linked numbers were sent SMSes by BJP, Puducherry: Madras High Court directs UIDAI inquiry2 min read

BY- ZAINAB JAVED

There is a reputable allegation that has been squarely leveled that only mobile phones linked to Aadhaar cards have received SMS messages. It is squarely for the UIDAI to supply an adequate answer.”

“Credible allegation” that only Aadhaar-linked numbers were sent SMSes by BJP, Puducherry: Madras supreme court involves UIDAI enquiry

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The Madras supreme court today said that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) should enquire into how the tip held by it’s going to are leaked, in view of a credible allegation that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Puducherry had misused Aadhaar data to spice up election campaigns through bulk SMSes to Aadhaar-linked numbers.

The Bench of judge Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy also expressed reservations over the stand of BJP, Puducherry that it had obtained the mobile numbers through door-to-door campaigns carried out by the party’s Karyakartas.

“There may be a reputable allegation which has been squarely leveled that only mobile phones linked to Aadhar cards have received the SMS messages. It is squarely for the UIDAI to supply an adequate answer. There is little question that such a body might treat the knowledge that it possesses regarding citizens with a degree of responsibility that an appropriate inquiry would be conducted to determine the source of the leak if any. It is not acceptable that such information would are obtained by karyakartas as suggested by the 6th respondent party (BJP, Puducherry)”, the order states.

The Court passed the order on a petition moved by the President of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Puducherry, A Anand, who has submitted that bulk SMS messages were sent to Puducherry voters whose mobile numbers were linked to Aadhaar with a link to hitch WhatsApp groups travel by the BJP. The allegation was for some 952 groups.

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