Uttarakhand High Court on Monday ordered the sealing of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the strong rooms for six assembly constituencies, within 48 hrs.
Justice Sarvesh Kumar Gupta passed the order to seal the EVMs while hearing the petition filed in the context of its tampering. The six constituencies are Mussoorie, Rajpur, Raipur, Ranipur, Haridwar Rural, and Pratappur.
All the concerned parties have been given the time of six weeks to respond. Earlier on April 27, the Uttarakhand High Court issued notices to the Central Election Commission (EC), the State Election Commission and Bharatiya Janata Party Vikasnagar MLA M.S. Chauhan.
The action was taken upon a plea filed by Congress Vikasnagar runner-up candidate Navprabhat on alleged tampering of EVMs.
The High Court asked the authorities to preserve the EVMs and sought a response on the same within six weeks. Chauhan had defeated the Congress candidate, Navprabhat, over 6,000 votes in the elections held in February this year.
Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat had hinted at possible tampering of EVMs to tweak the poll outcome. The EVMs are under scanner after the opposition parties have alleged that the BJP had tampered the machines to ensure favorable results.