Congress's facepalm moment as EC files police complaint against EVM 'hacker'

Cyber-expert claims EVMs hacked in 2014 EC rejects

Cyber-expert claims EVMs hacked in 2014 EC rejects

He had also invited the Election Commission and political parties to the event, but only Congress leader Kapil Sibal turned up. "Accordingly you are requested to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter promptly", the letter addressed to the Delhi Police read.

On Sunday, a US-based self-claimed cyber expert, Syed Shuja, levelled explosive allegations against the government, the BJP and the Election Commission, saying that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were widely rigged.

The Election Commission also asserted that when certain concerns were raised regarding the use of EVMs in June 2017, the ECI issued an open challenge for anyone to come forward and demonstrate any vulnerabilities in the EVMs.

Parliament consequently amended the Representation of the People Act 1951 in December 1988 to introduce a provision, Section 61A, that empowered the Election Commission to use EVMs.

The Foreign Press Association, which describes itself as the oldest association of foreign journalists in the world, said in a tweet on Tuesday that it "strongly dissociates itself" from "any claims made by the speaker Syed Shuja". NCP leader Dhananjay Munde has also demanded a probe either by the R&AW or a Supreme Court judge into the death of his uncle and former Union minister Gopinath Munde.

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".

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While Syed Shuja addressed a press conference in London via Skype, he said that he had fled India in 2014 and took asylum in U.S. as he felt he was threatened that he might get killed like his other mates.

The hacker had claimed that while it was not possible to hack individual EVMs, since they contain a pre-bluetooth era old-fashioned chip, it was possible to tweak them with the help of algorithms. The transmitters were used in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "On the face of it, Ahmed's utterances via Skype left most journalists who listened to him and questioned him unconvinced". Shuja said that he was part of a team which designed the EVMs used in the 2014 elections.

Within hours of a US-based hacker claiming that 2014 general elections were rigged, the Election Commission of India (EC) has come out refuting the claims saying that the EVMs are foolproof and the commission is now analysing what legal action to be taken regarding the press conference in London. If the charges are wrong, take action against him.

Speaking at the event in London, Shuja claimed that he worked for the ECIL from 2009-2014.

He said the Congress party had nothing to do with the fact that he sought political asylum in USA and who all he met before leaving the country.

However, the allegations took a political turn after Congress leader Kapil Sibal was seen at the press conference.

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