The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday asked the Delhi Police to lodge an FIR against a cyber expert for his claims that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were rigged and the EVMs can be hacked. The EC, in its letter, said Syed Shuja has allegedly violated section 505 (1) of the IPC pertaining to spreading rumours which creates panic. The EC asked the police to “investigate promptly” the statement made by Shuja yesterday at an event in London that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with and that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged. Meanwhile, the BJP on Tuesday dubbed allegations of rigging in the 2014 polls a “Congress-sponsored conspiracy” designed to “defame” Indian democracy and its Election Commission.
A day after Syed Shuja alleged that the BJP had won election by hacking into Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the ruling party launched a stinging attack on the Congress and said it has already started looking for an “alibi” for its certain loss in the coming Lok Sabha polls. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters that the Indian Journalists’ Association, which had organised the conference, is headed by Ashis Ray who, he claimed, is a “committed Congressman” and has been singing paeans in support of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Targeting the Congress, Prasad questioned the presence of its leader Kapil Sibal at the event. Prasad also expressed his party’s “deep pain” at the allegation in the London event that Union minister Gopinath Munde was “murdered” in because he was aware of the 2014 poll “rigging” and was set to disclose it. He dismissed it as rubbish. Munde had died in a road accident in New Delhi weeks after the BJP won the 2014 elections.