SC to hear plea seeking probe into EVM tampering by US scientists

| Updated: Aug 09, 2017 09:50 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug. 09 (ANI):The Supreme Court will today hear the plea filed by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking a thorough investigation into the tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) by a United States-based scientists. In his petition, Sharma claimed that in the April Assembly elections of five states, the EVMs were allegedly tampered. Earlier, the apex court had issued a notice to the Union Government seeking a reply into Sharma's plea. A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and D.Y. Chandrachud, issued the notice over the petition filed by lawyer Sharma. The top court, however, at this stage refused to pass any order for a CBI inquiry. However, the Election Commission stated that that EVMs cannot be tampered and said, "Given the effective technical and administrative safeguards, Electronic Voting Machines are not tamperable and the integrity of the electoral process is preserved. If any specific allegation with material facts is presented, it (the allegations) will be looked into with all seriousness on administrative sides." Politicians had openly alleged tampering of EVMs in the Assembly elections with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leading the charge. (ANI)