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[Fake Aadhaar Card case] Disclose information of persons for purpose of investigation: Delhi High Court directs UIDAI

The Court was hearing a case wherein it was alleged that the then District Magistrate of Shahdara and other public officials had committed criminal misconduct by abusing their official position as public servants to give benefit to around 450 candidates with fake Aadhaar cards, who had enrolled for civil defence training.

The case was the outcome of a complaint moved by one Vijender Gupta before the Anti-Corruption Branch, New Delhi alleging that the manner of recruitment of marshals for the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses was illegal.

The complainant had alleged that the recruitment process was manipulated by the District Magistrate, Shahdara, who had issued fake certificates to approximately 450 people from his home State of Rajasthan, showing them as Delhi residents for the purpose of making Aadhaar cards in their names.

It was alleged that in August 2019, a large number of fake Aadhaar cards with bogus Delhi addresses were made for persons from Rajasthan at the Aadhaar centre functioning within the jurisdiction of the District Magistrate.

Consequently, a first information report (FIR) was registered on January 24, 2020, under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act read with Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code by the Anti-Corruption Unit.

Source: Barandbench

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