EC once again rejects claim of EVMs tampering

EVM hacking a Congress-sponsored event says BJP

"The event was created to defame Indian democracy, the Election Commission of India, the popular mandate of 2014 and aimed at compromising the sanctity of India's electoral process", said Prasad.

The particular modulator, as Shuja claimed, allowed the team to hack into the kernel of the device and manipulate results - a technique that was then allegedly taken by the BJP to manipulate the results of the 2014 and future elections.

An Indian cyber expert, seeking political asylum in the U.S., on Monday claimed that the 2014 general election was "rigged" through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which, he says, can be hacked. On his part, Sibal said, "There should be an inquiry in the charges Shuja has made". He wondered that whether the Election Commission and millions of staffers involved in manufacturing, programming of EVMs and conduct of elections during the UPA government in collusion with the BJP.

Saying that EVMs could not be used in elections unless a legal provision to this effect was introduced, the court accused the Election Commission of India of overstepping its authority by changing the way polls are held.

While Sibal said that it sounded like "science fiction" to him, he also called for an investigation into Shuja's claims.

Prasad also rubbished hacker Shuja's claims that BJP leader Gopinath Munde was "murdered" because he knew the "truth of the EVMs".

"It needs to be reiterated that these EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under very strict supervisory and security conditions and there are rigorous standard operating procedures (SOPs) meticulously observed at all stages under the supervision of a committee eminent technical experts constituted way back 2010".




"EVMs have been in use for the last 20 years".

He further alleged that his team members met "a BJP leader in 2014 who knew about this" and "they were killed in an attack". A graphite-based transmitter is required to get into an EVM.

Parliament consequently amended the Representation of the People Act 1951 in December 1988 to introduce a provision, Section 61A, that empowered the Election Commission to use EVMs.

Shuja, however, claimed that Jio had started setting up infrastructure from 2012 onwards. We are working closely together and decided on Jan 19 itself to consistently take up the matter with EC.

Shuja, who said he is seeking political asylum in the U.S., claimed the telecom giant Reliance Jio helped the BJP to get low frequency signals to hack the EVMs.

He said the BJP would have won the recent Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections if his team hadn't intercepted the alleged attempts by the saffron party to hack the "transmissions" in these states.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal was in the crowd at the news conference.

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