SRINAGAR: National Conference on Monday strongly condemned the intimidation of Rachna Khaira of the Tribune Newspaper by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
An FIR under Sections 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC has been filed against the reporter, Rachna Khaira.
In a statement issued here, NC said that the government should introspect about the glaring security and privacy loopholes in the Aadhaar System and not curb freedom of press in an effort to conceal the facts.
NC state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the legal action against the journalist was ironic and indicated an unprecedented atmosphere of intolerance where the media was being prevented from discharging its duties in upholding accountability and transparency in the system.
“The Aadhaar expose should be an eye-opener for the government and should lead to a thorough investigation into the failure to uphold privacy, security and propriety in the Aadhaar System. Rather than introspecting and using this as an opportunity to right the wrongs, the government is trying to cover up the revelations by resorting to suppression through legal means”, the NC spokesperson said.