Aadhaar: NRI booked for registering pet cat

The staffer at the centre accepted the application form for the cat, which was given a fake name.

Thiruvananthapuram | Published:July 24, 2015 4:00 am

Police in Kerala’s Kasaragod district on Wednesday registered a criminal case against an NRI and an employee of an IT-based services delivery centre after the duo got an Aadhaar card registration done for a cat.

Police said they acted upon a complaint from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), after officials at its regional centre in Bengaluru noticed that the photo of a cat had been uploaded in an Aadhaar application form. The officials told police they had noticed the photo of the NRI’s pet cat in the application form while processing it for issuing the card.

Police said the case was registered against Azeez Abdulla, an NRI from Kasaragode, and a female staffer at Akshaya Centre, an IT-enabled services delivery centre.

Abdulla, who is employed in the Gulf, wanted to take his Persian cat with him abroad. When a travel agent told him that the cat would need some valid identification documentation for a trip overseas, he decided to apply for an Aadhaar card for his pet.

The staffer at the centre accepted the application form for the cat, which was given a fake name.

She also got its photo uploaded in the form and completed other required formalities.

Police sources said after the applicant got queries from UIDAI officials, Abdulla tendered an apology.

Police said the accused claim they tried to get an Aadhaar card for the cat out of ignorance.

They have not been arrested so far. The duo are likely to face charges under IPC sections of 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document).

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