Kapil Sibal demands probe into EVMs hacking claim

EVM Can Be Hacked in India? US Cyber Expert to Display Live Hacking of Electronic Voting Machine in London Today Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Soon after Shuja's press meet in London, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the opposition will take up with the Election Commission the claims made by the US-based cyber expert that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be hacked. It firmly rejected claims by Syed Shuja that the 2014 elections were rigged, saying it was examining legal action over the "motivated slugfest". "Accordingly you are requested to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter promptly", the letter addressed to the Delhi Police read.

A self-proclaimed cyber expert said in London on Monday Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio helped the BJP to rig the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but provided no proof for his allegations.

In its complaint, the EC said, "On 3rd June, 2017, when a few political parties raised some issues regarding the use of EVMs, ECI organised an open challenge for all to come forward, and take an attempt to demonstrate any vulnerability of the EVMs".

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. On his part, Sibal said, "There should be an inquiry in the charges Shuja has made".

The ECI stressed it ensures that "all stakeholders participate in the process without any intimidation and influences" and that the elections are conducted in a "free, fair, transparent, ethical and credible manner".

Addressing a press conference in London via Skype, the man, identified as Syed Shuja, said he fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members. A graphite-based transmitter is required to get into an EVM.

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Add to that the fact that Shuja has failed to provide any proof to substantiate his claims also works against him. "Gopinath Munde was murdered as he knew about the hacking in EVMs", he said in an interaction through tele-conferencing from the US.

He further alleged that his team members met "a BJP leader in 2014 who knew about this" and "they were killed in an attack".

Naidu, the president of the Telugu Desam Party, said the EVMs were turning out to be a "big threat" to democracy and advised his party rank and file to be alert in view of the claims by "hackers". What is clear is that anti-India forces have hacked into the mind of Congress. He said insanity in the Congress is increasingly becoming contagious.

He claimed to have worked for the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), a public sector company that makes the voting machines, from 2009 to 2014. He added that successive chief election commissioners have told him that EVMs can not communicate wirelessly.

However, the allegations took a political turn after Congress leader Kapil Sibal was seen at the press conference.

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