The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed petitions filed by Congress leaders, Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot, seeking the random verification of VVPAT machines by the Election Commission with respect to the upcoming Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan State assembly elections.
Representing Nath, Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi had argued that there were 60 lakh duplicate voters in Madhya Pradesh. He had sought furnishing of electoral rolls in word format, instead of scanned format in PDF, so as to enable search using ‘CTRL+F’ option.
The lawyer representing the Election Commission informed the court that a large number of fake voters highlighted by the Congress leader in Madhya Pradesh had already been removed from the voters’ list. The two Congress leaders had also sought the mandatory verification of 10 percent randomly selected polling stations in each Assembly constituency/ Assembly segment.
A Bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan dismissed the petitions. The order comes just days after the Election Commission announced dates for assembly elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, both states ruled by the BJP.
The Congress in June had made stunning allegations of fraud in voters’ list by highlighting a list of 60 lakh ‘fake voters.’ The party accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh of electoral fraud and requested the Election Commission to remove all such entries from the electoral rolls of the 230 assembly constituencies in the state.
While Rajasthan will go to polls on 7 December, elections in Madhya Pradesh will be held on 28 November.