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EC files police complaint against man who claimed 2014 polls were rigged

He claimed that he worked with ECIL and was aware that Electronic Voting Machines were manipulated by political parties 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
Anna Jefferson | 23 January, 2019, 12:17

The BJP has also come out reacting to the developments alleging that the "hacking horror show" in London was organised by Congress and the Grand Old Party had begun looking for an excuse for its likely defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. "It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter", the statement read.

Saying that the allegations made by Shuja are "violative of IPC, particularly under section 505 (1)(b)", the EC requested the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter promptly.

An Indian cyber expert, seeking political asylum in the USA, on Monday claimed that the 2014 general election was "rigged" through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which, he says, can be hacked.

The Election Commission rejected the claims.

"There should be an inquiry in the charges he (Mr. Shuja) has made".

Opposition parties in India have been expressing apprehensions about misuse of EVMs, but the Election Commission has strongly refuted such allegations.

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". Although he appeared on screen through Skype, his face was masked. Following which they allegedly devised a way to bypass the security protocols of the device and access it remotely via radio frequencies through a sophisticated graphite based military grade modulator, operating on spectrum frequencies that are only accessible to the military.

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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".

A red-faced Congress sought to distance itself, insisting that 50 per cent VVPATs should be used in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He said he was part of a team that had designed the machines used in the 2014 election. "ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest and stands by empirical facts about the foolproof nature of ECI EVMs", the Election Commission said.

Hours later, the FPA too rubbished Shuja's claims.

Electronic voting machines (EVMs) were first used in India 37 years ago, in one constituency, Parur, during the 1982 Kerala assembly election.

According to the Election Commission, the EVMs used in India were devised and designed by the poll watchdog in collaboration with two state-run entities, Bharat Electronic Limited and Electronics Corporation of India Limited. Congress leader Kapil Sibal was present to see how an EVM could be hacked.

Identifying himself as Syed Shuja, he also alleged that former BJP minister Gopinath Munde and journalist Gauri Lankesh had been murdered to prevent them revealing the conspiracy, but offered no evidence.

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