The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has filed an FIR against the co-founder of Bengaluru-based mobile payment startup called Qarth Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Reportedly, the payment company is owned by India’s cab aggregator Ola, that acquired the company in March 2016. The basis of the police complaint root from UIDAI’s claims of the payments company misusing some Aadhaar data.
As reported by The Hindu, the complaint was lodged by Ashok Lenin, Deputy Director, UIDAI, Regional Office, Bengaluru. And the complaint states that that the suspect, Abhinav Srivastava, created a mobile app and has been giving out e-kyc, misusing data from the Aadhaar website. He did not seek permission from UIDAI before tapping into the website. According to the FIR, Srivastava entered into a conspiracy with others, misused Aadhaar data and leaked the information.
‘Ola has neither commissioned nor is involved in any such activity. No such complaint has been brought to our notice,’ an Ola spokesperson told BGR India.
Based on the complaint, Srivastav has reportedly been booked under “Section 29(2) of Aadhaar (targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies, benefits and services) Act 2016, which deals with restrictions on sharing Aadhaar information; Sections 65 and 66 of the Information Technology Act for tampering with computer source documents and hacking with computer systems; Sections 468 and 471 of IPC for forgery and Section 120(B) for conspiracy.” ALSO READ: Supreme Court bench to discuss Right to Privacy; meanwhile Aadhaar details leak on 210 government sites: Report
Interestingly, Srivastava told The Hindu that Qarth is a multi-bank mobile payment firm which stopped operations in March 2016. “We have never used Aadhaar for kyc. The app is no longer available. Moreover, I have not been informed about the FIR or any charges against me,” he said. The co-founder of the company, Prerit Srivastava, said that they have filed documents to close the company and have no employee on their rolls. “We don’t own the domain name Qarth,” he said. ALSO READ: UIDAI’s mAadhaar is a ‘rough’ app, Twitterati complains