New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday asked Delhi University’s Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in DUSU elections are kept in a safe place till the next date of hearing. The court also issued notices to the Centre, the university and others in the regard.

“The Chief Electoral Officer, appointed by University of Delhi to conduct elections of the DUSU elections, is directed to ensure that the EVMs, utilised for the conduct of the polling and counting of votes, along with all paper trail/documentation are kept in a secured place under his lock and key, till the next date of hearing,” Justice Siddharth Mridul said.

The court asked the Central government, Delhi University, its Chief Electoral Officer, the Election Commission and the three victorious Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidates to file their replies within three weeks and fixed October 29 for hearing.

The court was hearing a plea by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) candidates Sunny Chhillar, Leena and Saurabh Yadav who challenged the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election results declared on Thursday.

The plea sought quashing of election results as unconstitutional, arbitrary and illegal and sought fresh polls through ballot papers. The petitioner has alleged that they were aggrieved by the arbitrary, corrupt and unfair election conducted by the university as out of 126 EVMs used, seven went missing and the same was reported to the authorities.

It must be noted that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), won three out of the four top posts in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election on Thursday while the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) won only one post. ABVP’s Ankiv Basoya, Shakti Singh and Jyoti Chaudhary won the elections for the posts of DUSU president, vice president, and joint secretary respectively and NSUI’s Akash Chaudhary won the election for the post of secretary. Basoya got 20467 votes while his rival NSUI’s Sunny Chhillar got 18723 votes. Singh received 23046 votes against NSUI rival Leena’s 15373 votes.