Supreme Court seeks EC reply on petition alleging tampering of EVMs

It, however, did not issue notice to CBI, though it was arraigned as a party in the petition.

March 24, 2017 02:05 pm | Updated 03:27 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

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The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Election Commission (EC) on a plea seeking a probe into allegations of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) during polls, including the recent five Assembly elections and Maharashtra civic polls.

A Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, took on board the petititon filed by advocate M.L. Sharma wherein a direction was sought from the court to probe the allegations of EVM tampering and its possibility.

The court, however, did not issue notice to the CBI, though it was arraigned as a party in the petition.

The plea sought examination of the “quality, software/malware and hacking effect in the EVMs from a reliable electronic lab/scientist and software expert and to file their report before this court for further action/prosecution”.

Mr. Sharma said he wanted foreign experts to conduct the tests. He sought a direction for registering an FIR to investigate the alleged tampering of EVMs “for vested interest by the political party and to file their report before the Supreme Court”.

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