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EC writes to TDP, questions presence of EVM theft accused in Chandrababu Naidu's delegation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has written to the asking how a person with criminal antecedents could be a part of a delegation led by its chief N Chandrababu during his visit to the poll panel on Saturday.

The EC in its letter has said when visited, he was accompanied by one who repeatedly raised various technical issues regarding functioning of EVMs and claimed that he had the technical expertise in the field.

The letter stated that it was decided that Prasad would get a detailed briefing from the technical team of the EC.

"However, when this technical person came it turned out that he was who was involved in a criminal case regarding alleged theft of EVM machine in 2010 which an FIR was filed...Whatever maybe the eventual outcome of the investigation, it would be appreciated that such antecedents do not inspire confidence.

"This is completely intriguing as to how a so called technical expert with these antecedents was allowed to be part of the delegation led by N Chandrababu Naidu, of and President, TDP," the letter from EC, addressed to the of the party's legal cell, said.

The met here and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 23:05 IST