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Centre being vindictive against scribe over Aadhaar breach

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (CITU) today accused the of taking "vindictive action" by registering an FIR in connection with a newspaper report on alleged data breach.

"The denounces the Government's move in registering an FIR against the of Tribune, Rachna Khaira, and her sources for exposing the leakage-prone systemic fault in administration," it said in a statement issued here.

The also welcomed rising protests against the "vindictive action" by the Centre.

"Such vindictive action is the reflection of an obnoxious, authoritarian arrogance of the government, as if 'the can do any wrong'. The welcomes rising protests against such vindictive actions of the from various organisations and agencies, including the journalists', and the newspaper employees' unions, and urges the to take a call initiating corrective action," the statement said.

'The Tribune' and her sources were named in an FIR over her report on the breach of one billion cards data.

The should have been "rewarded" for successfully investigating the faults in the Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) system in respect of protecting individual data for preventing intrusion on peoples' right to privacy, which had been upheld by the Supreme Court, the CITU said in the statement.

Even though the issue was raised in Parliament, the government did not recognise the faults in the system and its fallouts which raised doubts, it claimed.

The CITU has demanded that the government should "withdraw the FIR against the in the interest of fairness and propriety".

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

First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 16:30 IST