Plea alleges BJP, Puducherry is using Aadhaar data to boost political mileage: Madras High Court expresses concern3 min read


A petition has been touched within the Madras court career for a court-monitored probe into whether or not the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been lawlessly mistreatment Aadhaar information of voters in Puducherry to realize political mileage this election season.

The plea touched by the President of the Democratic Youth Federation of the Republic of India, Puducherry, A Anand states that Puducherry residents had started receiving SMSes from BJP Puducherry with an invitation link to hitch WhatsApp teams, that was later found to possess been pass by persons within the different BJP-ruled States.

On Wed, a bench of magistrate Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy same that the committee couldn’t merely pass the buck during this matter by stating that the case is being probed by the cyber crimes division.

The Court has directed the Commission to file a report within the matter by Friday once the matter is detected next. Terming the allegations raised to be a matter of significant concern, the Court discovered,

As per the petitioner, the SMSes in question square measure being sent to all or any regions of Puducherry, as well as Male, Yenam, and Puducherry. He has submitted that many booth-level WhatsApp teams are created by the BJP, Puducherry targeting the voters of the corresponding booth.

He has expressed that, once he received such a message himself, he contacted the WhatsApp cluster administrator and enquired however the mobile numbers were obtained. The administrator is expressed to possess asked the petitioner to approach the BJP Puducherry Party workplace. On being asked why the petitioner’s name was more, the administrator is presupposed to have replied that there square measure WhatsApp teams for around 952 booths in Puducherry which all voters were being more within the WhatsApp teams.

Coupled with this, it’s additionally alleged that spam calls square measure being created cause for BJP, Puducherry. The petitioner states that he too received a decision, whereby the caller gave the petitioner’s name, the booth, and therefore the body within which he has got to vote.

The petitioner goes on to state that he was shocked to search out from others that this was solely being through with persons who had numbers coupled to Aadhaar. He notes that the electoral information shared with Chief Electoral Officers additionally doesn’t contain mobile numbers, however rather solely the names and photos of voters.

The petitioner has defendant the BJP Government at the Centre of getting miserably didn’t perform its fiduciary duties and of getting intruded on the privacy of voters for private and political interests, in utter violation of the law.

In this scenery, on apprehensions that the elections to be conducted might not be free and truthful, the petitioner has urged for the conduct of an investigation by an external agency, additionally only if the matter involves national ramifications and persons holding positions of political power.

It is any highlighted that the alleged actions would represent violations of the data Technology Act, the Aadhaar Act, and therefore the Indian legal code.

As AN interim relief, the petitioner had additionally known as on the Court to direct the election authorities to refrain from demand on the necessary production of Aadhar for any service, government or non-public, for residents of Puducherry. during this regard, given the allegations raised within the petition, the petitioner has additionally raised concern over the recent proposal declared by Union Law Minister RS Prasad to link Aadhaar with electoral rolls.

The matter will be now heard on Friday, March 26.

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