Update (4:20 pm): Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi, accused the deputy director of UIDAI of exceeding their powers and sought confirmation from the Telangana Police regarding whether or not they shared the names of the 127 people to UIDAI, in a tweet earlier today. He claimed that the notices sent out by UIDAI do not even explain what the false pretences are, under which certain individuals have been charged, and that the deputy director made this case about "verifying citizenship - which they aren’t empowered to do". He also rebuked the Telangana Police for demanding Aadhaar during its operations even though the body is not legally permitted to do so. A day after the UIDAI ordered an inquiry into 127 residents of Hyderabad over suspicions of them being illegal immigrants and obtaining Aadhaar on "false pretences", the Authority clarified that the reports of the inquiry were not presented in "correct perspective" and that Aadhaar has got nothing to do with claims of citizenship, in a Twitter update on February 19. UIDAI, however, did acknowledge that as per preliminary enquiry from the state police, it was found that the same 127 people were illegal immigrants who forged their documents and thus their Aadhaar numbers were liable to be cancelled. The concerned individuals now have to appear before the Deputy Director for a personal hearing in May. UIDAI reiterates that Aadhaar not linked to citizenship: UIDAI reiterated that this cancellation of Aadhaar is not linked to the nationality of any resident…
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