The Supreme Court on Monday asked 21 opposition leaders to file within a week their reply on the Election Commission’s affidavit on their plea regarding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in Lok Sabha polls. Also Read - Supreme Court Sets up National Task Force to Streamline Oxygen Allocation Across Country

The opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had sought that VVPAT slips of at least 50 per cent of voting machines in each assembly constituency be checked randomly during Lok Sabha polls next month. Also Read - Central Vista Project: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Halting Construction Work, Asks High Court to Pass Order

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for Opposition leaders, to file the reply by next Monday. Also Read - Centre Has To Supply 700 Metric Tonnes Of Oxygen To Delhi Everyday Till Further Orders, Says Supreme Court

The poll panel had on Friday last sought dismissal of the petition.

In its affidavit, the EC had asserted in the apex court that the opposition leaders have been unable to raise any ground for altering the existing system of random counting of VVPAT slips from one polling booth per assembly segment, which was “found to be most suitable” after due studies and tests.