New Delhi: With the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hacking row escalating, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal spoke out on Tuesday about his presence at the London event. (Also read: Mayawati, Akhilesh Ask Govt to Resolve Issue Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections)

Claiming that all political parties had been invited by the organisers, Sibal was quoted by ANI as saying, “Indian Journalists Association London President Ashish Ray told me he had sent invitations to all political parties, including the BJP, and also the Election Commission.”

He added that he was sent a personal invite as well. “He (Ashish Ray) sent me a personal e-mail also. I told him that I will be in London for some personal work and he insisted that I should come as they are going to make an important revelation. So I went.”

Even as the BJP chose to call the event a ‘Congress-scripted hackathon’, it had questioned Sibal’s presence there. Addressing media, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that the latter was “monitoring the situation on behalf of the Congress party.”

“What was Mr Kapil Sibal doing there? In what capacity was he present there? I believe he was monitoring the situation on behalf of Congress party. Is the Congress sponsored event designed to insult the popular mandate of 2014?” he had asked earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has taken a strong note of the event and has filed a criminal defamation case against the so-called cyber expert.  The election panel wrote to the Delhi Police, requesting it to lodge an FIR and investigate the statement made by the expert, identified as Syed Shuja, at a press conference in London.

In its letter, the EC said Shuja had violated section 505 (1) of the IPC pertaining to spreading rumours which creates panic.