The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ruled out any modification in the electronic voting machine (EVM), including incorporation of the technology for a paper trail, saying that the petitioner, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, had not brought to the notice of the Court any particular case of tampering with the machine.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, however, said there was a possibility of the machine being tampered with.

It directed the Election Commission to have wide-ranging discussions with the Union government and the political parties to evolve a mechanism to make the machine tamper-proof.

“It is difficult for this Court to direct the EC to have a paper trail of polling conducted through EVMs,” the Bench said.

In his petition, Dr. Swamy had urged the Court to direct the EC to either incorporate the technology of obtaining printouts of the voters' details in the EVM or introduce ballot papers for polling as the machine had been proved to be amenable to tampering.

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