MP polls: HC disposes of Congress’ plea on EVMS
Jabalpur (MP): The Madhya Pradesh High Court Friday disposed of a local Congress 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.
Congress leader 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, Sagar and Khandwa. Saraf ’s petition also contended that no separate arrangements were made for used/unused EVMS.
“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 Chief Justice 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 the EC had informed Congress about the remedial steps taken.