AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday slammed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for issuing notices to some people living in Hyderabad on Aadhaar card issue and alleged the agency did not follow rules. Also Read - Aadhaar Card Has Nothing to do With Citizenship, Authorities Say After Issuing Notices to 127 in Hyderabad
The UIDAI on Tuesday said its Hyderabad office sent notices to 127 people for allegedly obtaining Aadhaar numbers on “false pretences” but asserted these had nothing to do with citizenship. Also Read - PAN to Become Inoperative After March 31 if Not Linked With Aadhaar | All You Need to Know
Owaisi alleged that the UIDAI did not follow due procedure and abused its powers, which he said resulted in panic among people. Also Read - No Proposal to Link Social Media Users' Profiles With Aadhaar: Centre
“First, UIDAI has no power to verify citizenship. It has few powers to look into some cases of Aadhaar being granted incorrectly (rules 27 & 28),” Owaisi tweeted.
The Hyderabad MP requested the Telangana Police and UIDAI authorities to reveal the number of Muslims and Dalits in the list of 127 people who were issued notices.
“UIDAI did not follow due procedure & abused its powers. The result was (understandable) panic among people,” he said.
“The Deputy Director, in this case, made it about verifying citizenship- which they aren’t empowered to do. The identical notices don’t even provide any specific findings of the preliminary inquiry that has to be made. Notices don’t even say what these ‘false pretences’ were,” he said.
On the Aadhaar authorities clarification that the notices were issued following reports from the police, Owaisi wanted the Telangana DGP to confirm if his department shared a list of 127 names with the UIDAI.
“Which police officer provided you with this information? Can Telangana DGP confirm if they shared a list of 127 names with UIDAI? Can they tell us on what grounds?” he demanded.
Since the UIDAI has now shifted the responsibility to Telangana police, it was their responsibility to clear the air, the MP added.