"The government is fully committed to freedom of the press as well as to maintaining security and sanctity of Aadhaar for India's development," Prasad tweeted a day after various press bodies condemned the lodging of an FIR against a Tribune reporter who exposed Aadhaar data's vulnerability.
Press clubs and journalist associations on Sunday dubbed the FIR "a direct attack on the freedom of the press" and demanded an immediate withdrawal of the case.
The FIR, lodged with the cyber cell of the Crime Branch, invokes serious charges under the Indian Penal Code, IT Act and Aadhaar Act.
The UIDAI on January 4 said its search facility for grievance redressal may have been "misused" but denied any breach or leak of Aadhaar data.
UIDAI is committed to the freedom of Press. We're going to write to @thetribunechd & @rachnakhaira to give all assistance to investigate to nab the real culprits. We also appreciate if Tribune & its journalist have any constructive suggestion to offer. https://t.co/H3OtQSiFeJ— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 8, 2018