Today, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi condemned the central government for sending a legal notice to 127 people asking them to prove their citizenship. Mr. Owaisi demanded suspension if the Deputy Director of the Unique Identification Authority Of India or UIDAI accused him of bias.
The 127 people in the Telangana capital were asked to appear before the inquiry officer on February 20, along with “necessary documents in original to prove all your claims of citizenship.”
This morning, Asaduddin Owaisi made a series of tweets, alleging the UIDAI is not following due procedure and abusing its powers and causing panic among people.
“The words used in the notice is verification of citizenship (not validity of Aadhaar). So will UIDAI suspend the Deputy Director who issued this notice? They clearly exceeded their powers by issuing this notice. It was a bad faith and biased exercise of their powers,” tweeted the AIMIM chief.
Attacking the Aadhaar body and Telangana Police, he asked, “Request @UIDAI &@TelanganaPolice to tell us how many of those 127 listed people are Muslim & Dalit @TelanganaPolice please stop asking for Aadhaar during your ‘search & cordon’ operations. You’re not legally permitted to do so (sic),”
“UIDAI did not follow due procedure & abused its powers. The result was (understandable) panic among people. First, @UIDAI has no power to verify citizenship. It has few powers to look into some cases of Aadhaar being granted incorrectly (rules 27 & 28),” he further wrote.
Reacting to the reports, UIDAI’s head office in Delhi said that the Aadhaar card has nothing to do with citizenship. “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,” UIDAI.