New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday terminated a PIL filed a group of technocrats called 'Tech4All' seeking 100 per cent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during counting of votes on May 23 for Lok Sabha polls.
A vacation Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra refused to entertain the plea filed by a Chennai-based organization 'Tech for All', saying that a larger Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had already dealt with the matter and passed an order.
The opposition in April raised the physical counting of Electronic Voting Machines using Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (EVM-VVPATs) in constituencies from one to five on a plea filed by 21 Opposition parties led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, that is not enough of a safeguard from tampering. There is a need for 100% physical counting for fool-proof poll results on May 23.
The Supreme Court asked the opposition, “The CJI had dealt with this matter. Why are you taking chance before a two-judge vacation Bench?”
"We cannot override the CJI's order. This is nonsense. The petition is taken on board. Dismissed," Justice Mishra said.
The apex court had on May 7 dismissed a review plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu seeking that random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs be increased to 50 per cent.
The top court had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one to five polling booths per assembly segment in Lok Sabha polls, saying it would provide greater satisfaction not just to political parties but also to the entire electorate.