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Supreme Court dismisses PIL seeking 100% verification of VVPAT slips with EVMs

The bench said a Chief Justice Gogoi had already dealt with the matter and passed an order regarding this issue on May 7

By PTI in New Delhi

  • Published 21.05.19, 11:54 AM
  • Updated 21.05.19, 2:23 PM
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking 100 per cent verification of voter verifiable paper audit trail slips with electronic voting machines during counting of votes on May 23 for the Lok Sabha polls.

A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra refused to entertain the plea filed by a Chennai-based organisation 'Tech for All', saying that a larger bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had already dealt with the matter and passed an order.

"The CJI had dealt with this matter. Why are you taking chance before a two-judge vacation bench," the apex court asked.

"We cannot override the CJI's order... This is nonsense. The petition is taken on board. Dismissed," Justice Mishra said.

The apex court had on May 7 dismissed a review plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu seeking that random verification of VVPAT slips with EVMs be increased to 50 per cent.

The top court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one to five polling booths per assembly segment in Lok Sabha polls, saying it would provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties, but also to the entire electorate.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the silence of the Election Commission was worrying even after "evidence" had come to the fore that the EVMs used in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls were being switched. 

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