Varanasi poll official takes EVMs home, son posts pictures on Facebook; police file case
A government officer in Varanasi is in trouble after his son uploaded photographs with EVMs on social networking site Facebook. Reports suggest that an FIR has been lodged against divisional audit officer AK Srivastava and his son Gaurav under different section of Public Representation Act.
According to police, Srivastava, who was appointed as sector magistrate during elections, was given three electronic voting machines which were to be replaced in case of malfunctioning of any of the EVMs during polling. Srivastava took the machines to his residence, where his son – an engineering student – took the pictures with the EVMs and uploaded them on the social networking site Facebook, the report said.
The photographs that went viral online came under the EC scanner after some local AAP leaders complained about the EVM tampering. Taking note of the complaint, a probe was ordered and the district election officer was directed to take necessary action.
EVM experts scanned the uploaded photographs to assess the possibility of any EVM tampering. Meanwhile, an FIR was lodged under Sections 129 (1), 134 (1) and 136 (2) of Public Representation Act.
During the investigations, it was found that the EVMs were not used for polling anywhere, reports suggested.