SC notice to EC over EVM-tampering claims

SC notice to EC over EVM-tampering claims

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Election Commission on a PIL seeking an investigation into charges of tampering of electronic voting machines in the just-concluded Assembly polls.

A three-judge bench presided by Chief Justice J S Khehar sought a response from the poll panel on the petition filed by Advocate M L Sharma in his personal capacity.

Register FIR

The PIL also sought to direct the Centre to register an FIR to investigate the tampering of EVMs “for the vested interest by a political party and to file their report before the apex court”.

However, the court did not issue any notice to the Centre and others mentioned in the PIL.

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

The PIL claimed that the poll panel had itself admitted that EVMs are tamper-proof only until their technical, mechanical and software details remain a secret.

“These details can be detected via reverse engineering by any expert. Wireless device/software can be prepared via reverse engineering, and with their help voting records can be changed in any location and at any time,” the plea claimed.

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