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T'gana SIT to probe case related to 'unauthorised storage' of Aadhaar details

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

The case relating to "unauthorised usage and storage" of details of 7.82 crore holders from and will be transferred to a Special Investigation Team appointed by the government, a senior police said on Monday.

Based on a complaint by officials of Unique Authority of (UIDAI), the Friday filed one more case against city-based IT Grids Pvt Ltd for alleged unauthorised use of data of voters.

"As the SIT under the leadership of of Police is investigating the case, this complaint (by UIDAI) will also be transferred to it," Madhapur Deputy of told

The city police had earlier registered a case against IT Grids for illegally using and storing information of crores of voters of through "Seva Mitra" mobile application allegedly used by the ruling TDP in AP.

The government handed over the case to the SIT which seized hard disks belonging to IT Grids and sent them to (TSFSL) for forensic examination.

The TSFSL in its preliminary report has stated the seized hard disks contained a database of a large number of records pertaining to number in a particular structural database.

Based on the TSFSL report, UIDAI filed a complaint with police on Friday.

Upon further examination of the digital evidence, it was found that 7,82,21,397 records of data belonging to people of Telangana and were used by IT Grids India for "Seva Mitra" application of the TDP, the UIDAI said in its complaint.

A senior of UIDAI said some state government departments were permitted to use Aadhaar data for verification purpose.

"Storing Aadhaar data is a crime. Some mobile companies are also given permission to use Aadhaar data for verification. But they cannot store data and they cannot deviate from the assigned purpose," the said.

The alleged data theft has become a contentious issue between the two neighbouring states.

Earlier, the TDP government had dismissed the charge of data theft and sought transfer of the case from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh.

N Chandrababu Naidu had accused the BJP and the TRS of helping the

When contacted, K Vijayanand, (Information Technology, Electronics and Communications), Andhra Pradesh, refused to comment, saying he has to go through the contents of the UIDAI complaint.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 17:20 IST