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Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

In the wake of the filing a case over a report in on the breach of details of more than one billion cards, the newspaper today said authorities have "misconceived" an journalistic enterprise.

The Tribune's in a statement also said that the newspaper's stories are in the best traditions of responsible journalism.

"We regret very much that the authorities have misconceived an journalistic enterprise and have proceeded to institute criminal proceedings against the whistleblower," he said.

He said that shall explore all legal options "open to us to defend our freedom to undertake serious investigative journalism."

Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) Deputy Director B M Patnaik told the police that an input was received from that it purchased a service being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details of any of the numbers created in

On January 5, a complaint was received from Patnaik and the FIR was registered the same day.

Khare said, "Our stories are in the best traditions of responsible journalism. Our story was in response to a very genuine concern among the citizens on a matter of great public interest."

"My colleagues and I are grateful for expressions of support and solidarity from and journalists. We at The Tribune believe that our stories were in the nature of a legitimate journalistic exercise," he said.

The (CPC) condemned the action of the for lodging a case against The Tribune over a story on data breach.

"Instead of taking action against people, who were involved in the data breach, the agency preferred to lodge a case against the reporter, who exposed the loopholes in the system.

"In an act of 'shoot the messenger', the had filed a case against the of The Tribune for an article on how anonymous users accessed Aadhaar details and sold it for a fee," CPC, secretary general, said in a statement.

The CPC will also hold a protest tomorrow in the club premises, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 23:00 IST