Man Deposits Re1 in TRAI Chief’s Bank Account Over Aadhaar Challenge


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NEW DELHI — Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman RS Sharma, has received Re 1 in his bank account, has fake accounts in his name on shopping portals and has had many of his details splashed on the public domain since he took the astonishing step of revealing his Aadhaar ID number on Twitter over a dare, reports NDTV.

There seems to be no end to embarrassment for Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chief, who had thrown a challenge to Twitter users by sharing his Aadhaar number on the microblogging site.

Over the past two days, the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been trolled with publicly available information.

The challenge and its fallout caused a flutter in parliament, where opposition parties have repeatedly raised questions about the security of citizen’s data. “He must apologise to the country for making people insecure about their Aadhaar data,” said Congress lawmaker Pratap Sigh Bajwa. Left leader D Raja demanded an investigation.

Mr Sharma’s mobile number was revealed by a French security expert who goes under the pseudonym Elliot Alderson.

But Mr Sharma, engaging with those who tweeted his details, wrote that there was “so far no success” to his challenge as much of what was being posted is already in the public domain.

The challenge by Sharma evoked an immediate response from the Twitterati, with some users claiming to have dug up his mobile number, photographs, residential address, date of birth and even chat threads using the information, while others warned him about the perils of throwing such a dare on the social media platform.

While much of the information that was dug out may already be in the public domain, the TRAI official did not verify whether the details pertaining to his PAN were indeed correct.

Meanwhile, the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) has dismissed all these claims reiterating that all Aadhaar data is secure. In a statement released on the microblogging site, UIDAI said, “Aadhaar database is fully safe and secure and no such information about Mr Sharma has been fetched from UIDAI’s severs or Aadhaar database.  This is merely cheap publicity by these unscrupulous elements who try to attract attention by creating such fake news.”


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