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SC seeks reply from EC over allegations of EVM tampering
The Supreme Court (SC) today sought a reply from the Election Commission (EC) over allegations of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) being tampered.

The SC is hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate M L Sharma that has alleged that the EVMs the can be tampered with.

The apex court has asked the EC to file its reply to the PIL within four weeks. 

The plea has stated that the the EC should examine the EVMs as "quality, software/ malware and hacking effect in the EVMs from a reliable electronic lab/scientist and software expert and to file their report before this court for further action/prosecution".

The PIL has also requested the court to issue a direction to the Centre for registering an FIR to investigate alleged tempering of EVMs in the recently held Assembly elections and Maharashtra civic polls.

The PIL has also claimed that the poll panel has admitted that EVMs are tamper proof only until their technical, mechanical and software details remain a secret.

"These details can be detected via reverse engineering by any expert. Wireless device/software can be prepared via reverse engineering, and with their help voting records can be changed in any location and at any time," the plea claimed.

After the results of the recently held Assembly elections in five states, political parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Aam Aadmi Party have alleged that EVMs can be tampered. 

"Supreme court in its judgment had said that EVM machines are not 100 per cent tamper proof. Various developed countries have also banned use of EVM machines in elections. There are evidences hinting that EVM machines were tempered. Allegations made by various people must be probed," Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had said. He had also requested the Election Commission (EC) to use ballot paper system instead of the EVMs in the upcoming MCD polls in Delhi.

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