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Plea in Madras HC against alleged use of Aadhaar info by Puducherry BJP for sending WhatsApp invite to voters

The court, after taking note of the charges levelled by the petitioner, asked the Election Commission to submit a report by April 2.

March 26, 2021 / 04:15 PM IST
The plea has raised concerns over the alleged violation of right to privacy (Representative image)

The plea has raised concerns over the alleged violation of right to privacy (Representative image)

A plea was heard by the Madras High Court on March 26, seeking court-monitored probe into the alleged use of Aadhaar information by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to reach out to the voters in Puducherry.

The petition was moved by A Anand, the president of the Democratic Youth Federation of India, Puducherry. He alleged that voters whose mobile numbers are linked with the Aadhaar are receiving SMS with links to join the booth-level WhatsApp groups of the BJP.

The petitioner claimed that he was also amongst the voters who received the WhatsApp invites. After enquiring from the group administrator on how his contact number was received, he was asked to approach the BJP's Puducherry unit office.

Anand claimed that when he insisted to know why his name was added among invitees to the BJP-linked WhatsApp groups, the administrator told him that such social media groups exist for 952 polling booths of Puducherry, Bar & Bench reported.