The Supreme Court on Monday refused to issue any direction on a Public Interest Litigation questioning the efficacy of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and directed the petitioners to approach the Election Commission.
The PIL filed by Election Watch official VV Rao and engineers A Kankipati and Y Vasaya questioned the efficacy of EVMs and even sought re-introduction of ballot papers till it is conclusively established that they are tamper-proof.
However,the Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan,Justices P Sathasivam and Cyriac Joseph said,We are not underestimating your stand but you have to approach the right place which is Election Commission. Declining to issue any directive,the bench allowed the petitioner to make representations before the Election Commission in which case even political parties may express their views in the matter.
Sanjay Parikh,who appeared for Rao even urged the court to constitute an expert committee to examine the issues raised in the petition and submit its report to the apex court.
Leader of Opposition L K Advani had sought the reintroduction of ballot papers if EVMs were found tampered with,based on such inputs from several senior BJP leaders. Subsequently,the former Delhi former Chief Secretary Omesh Saigal had even met the CEC asking him to review the working of EVMs. During the hearing,Parekh said some measures relating to proper functioning of EVMs have to be taken as the voters were unsure whether the vote had been registered as per their choice. The petitioners had analysed EVM results of several constituencies and concluded that there was something drastically wrong with the functioning of EVMs.