U’khand HC Seeks Judicial Custody Of EVMs Used In Assembly Polls


Dehradun: Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday ordered that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the Assembly polls be taken into judicial custody.

According to reports, the HC in its order directed police to seize EVMs used in the February Assembly elections.

The HC order came in response to a Congress leader’s plea alleging that the machines had been tampered, said reports.

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The Congress candidate from the Vikasnagar seat, had moved the High Court in Nainital and alleged that tampered EVMs had cost him the seat which he lost by about 6,000 votes. Voting for the Uttarakhand assembly had been held on February 15 and results were declared on March 11.

Based on his petition, the High Court has served a notice to the Election Commission, the State Election Commission and Vikasnagar legislator Munna Singh Chauhan of the BJP. They have six weeks to respond.

The court has also asked the election bodies to not use the EVMs for any elections for till further notice.