EVM hacking claim: Election Commission asserts 'foolproof nature' of its machines, mulls legal action

An Indian cyber expert, seeking political asylum in the US, claimed Monday that the 2014 general election was 'rigged' through EVMs, which, he said, can be hacked.

Published: 21st January 2019 08:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd January 2019 09:32 AM   |  A+A-

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Election Commission of India (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A mysterious man posing as a cyber expert from India currently living in the US on Monday claimed the 2014 general elections were ‘rigged’.

Speaking to journalists in London via Skype, the man who said his name was Syed Shuja, claimed electronic voting machines could be hacked and the results rigged in favour of a particular political party.

He alleged the results of UP, Gujarat and Delhi state elections were also rigged.

Claiming to be a former employee of the Electronic Corporation of India, which designed and developed the EVMs, he said he was part of the team that tested whether the machines could be hacked.

According to him, the team found a way to hack into the machines but then the all team members, except him, were killed in a shootout. He claimed he was also shot but somehow survived and managed to reach the US.

He also alleged late BJP leader Gopinath Munde was ‘murdered’ as he was about to expose the hacking. Curiously, he did not offer any proof to substantiate the claims.

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Rejecting the claims as “motivated slugfest”, the Election Commission of India said it is mulling legal action.

While the man primarily trained his guns on the BJP, he also named the Congress, SP, BSP and AAP as the other political parties that indulge in the rigging of EVMs.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal ’s presence at the press meet further led to more controversies.BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Kapil Sibal didn’t go by accident... He was sent by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.”

Absolutely rubbish, says Jaitley

“Was the Election Commission & millions of Staffers involved in manufacturing, programming of EVMs & conduct of elections during the UPA Govt in collusion with the BJP? absolutely rubbish,” Jaitley tweeted.

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