New Delhi, January 8: After the reporter of “The Tribune” newspaper was booked by Delhi Police in connection with a report on the breach of details of over one billion Aadhaar cards. The journalist identified as Rachna Khaira said she was happy about the development as she had “earned” the FIR. Also Read - Payal Ghosh Alleges 'Rape' in FIR Against Anurag Kashyap, Filmmaker To Appear For Interrogation
“I think I have earned this FIR. I am happy that at least the UIDAI has taken some action on my report and I really hope that along with the FIR, the government of India will see what all breaches were there and take appropriate action,” Khaira said to media. Also Read - Rs 6 Lakh Fraudulently Withdrawn From Bank Accounts of Ram Mandir Trust, FIR Registered
When asked whether she stood by her report, Khaira said, “Yes, of course. I stand by every word in it.” Also Read - SSR Death Case: Rhea Chakraborty Opposes CBI Probe, Says Mumbai Police Investigation is 'Free And Fair'
When asked whether the FIR against her was a case of shooting a messenger to which she replied, “I have not received the copy of the FIR. For me, it is difficult to comment on the issue right now, because if it is filed by the UIDAI officials, my comment may be different. So, right now, I would like to refrain from commenting on the issue.”
When the reporter was informed that the FIR was filed on the basis of a complaint filed from a deputy director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), she said, “These are media reports. I have to see the FIR because I have been told that there are some reports that the FIR was not filed by the UIDAI. So, I do not think that this is the right time to comment on the issue.”
On whether she had received any organisational support, the young reporter said, “I am very happy that not only the Chandigarh media, the Delhi media and even the international media have assured me of support. I am also happy that the report has been applauded by the big names in the media. I am happy that my organisation ‘The Tribune’ is providing all the legal assistance to me.”
Asked if she was mulling requesting the Centre to withdraw the FIR against her, she said, “I am sure the government of India is taking note of the latest developments in the case. I am hopeful that we will hear something very soon.”
(With input from agencies)