New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by a group of technocrats seeking a direction that the number of machines subject to verification of VVPATs to be increased to 100 per cent on the day of counting i.e. May 23. A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra of the Apex Court did not find any merit in the petition filed by the technocrats. Also Read - Remarks against EC: Retrograde to Restrain HCs From Making Observations or Gag Media From Reporting Observations, Says SC
The bench while hearing the plea by a Chennai-based organisation ‘Tech for All’, said that a larger bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had already dealt with the matter and passed an order Also Read - Treat It As a Bitter Pill In Right Way: Supreme Court To Election Commission Over Madras HC's Murder Charges' Remarks
“The CJI had dealt with this matter. Why are you taking chance before a two-judge vacation bench,” the apex court asked. Also Read - Prohibit Victory Celebrations Urgently: EC Asks States As Party Workers Celebrate Poll Results
“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.
Meanwhile, a delegation of 21 Opposition parties, along with N Chandrababu Naidu, will on Tuesday meet the Election Commission of India (ECI) to reiterate their demand of tallying Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) figures in a constituency if a discrepancy is found at a booth. The meeting will be held at 3 PM today.
(With PTI inputs)