UIDAI denies terror suspect’s data to cops

HYDERABAD: In a surprising development, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has refused to share Aadhaar data of persons involved in criminal cases, including members of an alleged terror module. UIDAI authorities have claimed that information cannot be given directly to police even in cases pertaining to national security on a mere request, citing the recent Supreme Court order.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Hyderabad police had sought information in connection with the recent Harkat-ul-Jihadi Al-Islami (HuJI) alleged terror module involving a Pakistani national Mo hammed Mohammed Nasir who had reportedly ob ained Aadhaar card fraudu ently. The information was sought to nail Nasir and his Bangladesh and Myanmar associates in the fraud.

The UIDAI authorities said that the apex court, in ts order last August, direct ed that the personal information gathered by the gov ernment should not be shared for any other purpose. The court was dealing with a public interest litiga ion (PIL) challenging the government decision to make Aadhaar mandatory and linking it with various social welfare schemes.

“The Supreme Court has clearly said that no informa ion should be shared with anyone. So in the given situa tion, we cannot share any information with any agency, even if it has to do with national security, since we cannot go against the Supreme Court order,” a senior officer in the UIDAI told TOI.

However, there was a rider in the apex court order, wherein the investigating agencies could seek information about Aadhaar holders after getting due consent of court by explaining the importance of the data.

As a result, the SIT has approached a local court requesting the judge to direct Aadhaar authorities to share details of Nasir and four others, who had obtained multiple Aadhaar cards fraudulently.

“We have filed a petition in court to direct UIDAI to provide details we need for investigation,” sources in the Hyderabad police told TOI.

Prior to the apex court order, the UIDAI authorities used to share information of Aadhaar card holders with investigating agencies provided they fall in the disclosure category data and not the non-disclosure one.

Based on the Aadhaar cards, Pakistani national Nasir, Bangladeshi national Noor and others in his HuJI module could get Indian passports too.

Nasir, during his stay in India, helped the Dilsukhnagar blast accused Zia-ulRehman alias Waqas crossover to Bangladesh after orchestrating several blasts across the country.