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MP polls: HC disposes of Cong leader's plea on EVMs

Press Trust of India  |  Jabalpur (MP) 

The High Court Friday disposed of a local leader's petition seeking safety of EVMs and a court monitored SIT to probe into their alleged mishandling after the Assembly polls held on November 28.

Naresh Saraf's petition alleged that, after the polling was over, attempts were made to tamper with the polled EVM-VVPATs in Bhopal, Satna, Shajapur, and

Saraf's petition also contended that no separate arrangements were made for used/unused Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

"The strong rooms for storing polled EVMs-VVPATs and warehouses for unused/reserved EVMs-VVPATs are separate buildings with separate security arrangements," a division bench comprising SK Seth and Justice VK Shukla said quoting Election Commission of India's (EC) submission on the issue.

"These strong rooms are under the security of Central armed paramilitary forces with a triple cordon of security," the court said, adding that the had informed the Indian National Congress, about the remedial measures already taken.

Stating that no further action was required from the court, it disposed of Saraf's petition.

told HC that necessary instructions were issued to the authorities well in advance for safe upkeep of used EVMs-VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trail) and unused reserved EVMs-VVPATs after polling got over.

The informed the court that the (CEO) had on December 2, submitted a report to the on the representation of MP Committee in this connection.

The MP, on December 4, submitted a report to the EC refuting on account of short term failure of CCTV cameras due to power cut in Bhopal, as well as delay in depositing three unused reserved EVMs-VVPATs in Khandwa, the EC said.

Results of the Assembly polls for the 230-member House will be declared on December 11.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 17:05 IST