Election Commission writes to Delhi Police seeking FIR against self-proclaimed cyber expert

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"Through media reports, it has come to the notice of the Commission that allegedly one Mr Syed Shuja, on January 21 in London. claimed that he was part of the EVM design team and he can hack the EVM used in elections in India".

Shuja said he was part of a team which designed the EVMs used in the 2014 elections.

Just ahead of the 2019 General Elections, the EVMs once again gained spotlight when a self-proclaimed cyber expert, Syed Shuja, alleged in London that the 2014 General Elections were rigged.

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

Taking on Prasad, Sibal said he has made very "childish statements as the issue pertained to free and fair elections and the survival of democracy".

"Was the Election Commission & millions of Staffers involved in manufacturing, programming of EVMs & conduct of elections during the UPA Government in collusion with the BJP - absolutely rubbish", Jaitley tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Electronic Corporation of India Ltd said on Tuesday that Shuja had not been an employee of the organisation, as claimed by him, PTI reported.

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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He claimed a private company had helped the BJP to get low frequency signals to hack EVMs and added that Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the AAP had approached him to know if EVMs could be hacked. He claimed the 2014 general elections were rigged and that all political parties were guilty.

He claimed they stopped the transmission during Delhi assembly elections in 2015 and Aam Aadmi Party emerged as victor. The transmitters were used in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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

The poll panel said it was "wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest and stands by empirical facts about the foolproof nature of EVMs". "Otherwise, the BJP would have swept", he claimed.

"In Delhi state elections in 2015, we managed to intercept the transmission, resulting in the AAP winning 67 out of 70 seats".

He explained how he and his team - comprising of 11 other engineers - were first apparently approached in 2013 to find vulnerabilities in current generation EVMs and to come up with a prototype for a future voting machine that can not be hacked - an offer that Shuja and his team accepted.

Says Shekhar Gupta, condemning the irresponsible press meet, "This EVM presser isn't just underwhelming, it is insulting to anybody not smoking illegal stuff". Apart from Sibal, no other leader from the Congress or any other political party was present.

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