EC files police complaint against man who claimed 2014 polls were rigged

EC files police complaint against man who claimed 2014 polls were rigged

This raises a question: By lending credence to the EVM hacking theory, is the Congress (and much of the Opposition) leaving a door open to make a graceful exit if the verdict of the general elections is not in their favour?

The Election Commission of India on Monday had refuted all the allegations and reiterated that electronic voting machines can not be hacked.

Shuja claimed to be in touch with the team and said that it found success in the recent elections in Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the BJP suffered. Since then many parties have approached the hackers to rig elections. "It is better under such conditions that future elections, especially the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, be conducted using ballot paper, which can be verified at three levels, unlike the EVMs".

However, the allegations took a political turn after Congress leader Kapil Sibal was seen at the press conference.

"Electronic Voting Machines can not be hacked".

Shuja had on Monday claimed at an event in London that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with and that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged. Though the Congress has distanced itself from the event and said Sibal attended it in personal capacity, the damage is done.

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) wrote to the Delhi Police on Tuesday requesting it to lodge an FIR and investigate properly the statement made by Syed Shuja in London on the possibility to tamper EVMs used by the poll body.

"It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter", the EC statement said without elaborating against whom the action was being contemplated - the person or the organiser of the event.

Soon after Shuja's press meet in London, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Opposition will take up with the Election Commission the claims made by Shuja.

Shuja introduced himself as a former member of Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and was part of the team that devised the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in 2014. He said the Congress party had nothing to do with the fact that he sought political asylum in U.S. and who all he met before leaving the country. The cyber expert also claimed that BJP leader and union minister Gopinath Munde was "killed" because he was aware of EVM hacking in 2014 general elections. "It is looking for an excuse for its impending loss", PTI quoted Naqvi as saying. All Oppn parties discussed the #EVM issue after the #UnitedIndiaAtBrigade rally.

Munde died in a road accident in New Delhi weeks after the BJP won the 2014 elections in May.

Says Shekhar Gupta, condemning the irresponsible press meet, "This EVM presser isn't just underwhelming, it is insulting to anybody not smoking illegal stuff. Yes, every vote counts".

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