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Owaisi accuses UIDAI of bias for issuing Aadhar notices to 127 people

Owaisi accuses UIDAI of bias for issuing Aadhar notices to 127 people

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Feb 2020, 03:40 pm

Hyderabad/UNI/IBNS: After the Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) sent notices to 127 people for obtaining Aadhaar on "false pretenses", Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi today questioned how many of them are "Muslims and Dalits".

Accusing the Aadhaar authority and Telangana police of bias, the AIMIM chief tweeted, "How many of those 127 listed people are Muslim and Dalit?"

Meanwhile, in a statement on Tuesday, the UIDAI said there are news items in a certain section of media regarding UIDAI issuing notices of inquiry to some residents for obtaining Aadhaar on false pretense on the complaints from the State Police which suspect them of being illegal immigrants.

The UIDAI clarified that these reports were not presented in the correct perspective and Aadhaar has got nothing to do with the citizenship issue as such.

It said Aadhaar is not a document of citizenship and UIDAI has been mandated under the Aadhaar Act to ascertain residency of a person in India for 182 days prior to applying for Aadhaar.

Also, the Supreme Court of India in its landmark decision has directed UIDAI not to issue Aadhaar to illegal immigrants.

The RO Hyderabad has received reports from the State Police that 127 people have obtained Aadhaar on false pretenses as in their preliminary inquiry they were found illegal immigrants who were not qualified to obtain an Aadhaar number.

As per the Aadhaar Act, such Aadhaar numbers are liable to be cancelled. Therefore, the RO Hyderabad has sent notices to them to appear in person and to substantiate their claims for getting an Aadhaar number.

''After their replies are received and examined; if it is found and proved that if any of them has obtained Aadhaar by submitting false documents or through false pretenses, then their Aadhaar is liable to be cancelled or suspended depending on the severity of the transgression,'' the UIDAI said.

Severe errors like forged documents among others will lead to appropriate actions, including suspending or canceling the Aadhaar.

''These notices have nothing to do with citizenship and cancellation of Aadhaar number is in no way related to the nationality of any resident,'' it said.

Sometimes it becomes necessary to cancel the Aadhaar number when it is found that a resident has obtained it by submitting false biometrics or documents. It is a routine quality improvement process that UIDAI takes up regularly, the UIDAI said.

However, in the said notices, the residents in Hyderabad, 127 in number, were asked to appear before the Deputy Director on February 20 for a personal hearing.

Since it may take them some more time to collect their original documents that they had submitted for obtaining Aadhaar, as informed by the state police, the UIDAI has postponed the personal hearing to May 2020.

Owaisi accuses UIDAI of bias for issuing Aadhar notices to 127 people

India Blooms News Service
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