MP polls: HC dis­poses of Congress’ plea on EVMS

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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.

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