Shuja’s Claims About EVMs Sound Like Science Fiction: Kapil Sibal

Shuja’s Claims About EVMs Sound Like Science Fiction: Kapil Sibal

Shuja’s Claims About EVMs Sound Like Science Fiction: Kapil Sibal

Prasad alleged that the London presser of Shuja is a "Congress-sponsored conspiracy" created to "defame" Indian democracy and its Election Commission. The poll panel said it would also examine what legal action it can take in the matter.

The EC's clarification came a day after a US-based self-claimed cyber expert Syed Shuja claimed that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were "rigged" by manipulating the EVMs.

Naidu said leaders of 22 parties would meet the election commission soon to discuss the EVMs and the voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPAT) system.

He claimed they stopped the transmission during Delhi Assembly elections in 2015 and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerged as victor.

The Foreign Press Association, which describes itself as the oldest association of foreign journalists in the world, said in a tweet on Tuesday that it "strongly dissociates itself" from "any claims made by the speaker Syed Shuja". By raising questions over the use of EVMs for polling, the allegations tried to exploit our basic fears that often stem from a lack of understanding about the topic.

Taking on Prasad, Sibal said he has made very "childish statements as the issue pertained to free and fair elections and the survival of democracy".

Addressing a press conference in London via Skype, the man, identified as Syed Suja, said he had fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members.

Shuja said the hacking was done by pinging EVMs at 7 Hertz, a low military-grade frequency, and that one needed "a graphite-based transmitter" to do the hacking.

Shuja claimed that he and "his team" had realised the machines used in the 2014 polls were emitting signals - which they were not supposed to do - and had tried to blackmail BJP leaders in Hyderabad with the information. Shuja said that he was part of a team which designed the EVMs used in the 2014 elections.

Shuja, however, claimed that Jio had started setting up infrastructure from 2012 onwards.

Shuja, who said he is seeking political asylum in the U.S., claimed the telecom giant Reliance Jio helped the BJP to get low-frequency signals to hack the EVMs.

Shuja had on Monday claimed at an event in London that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with and that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged.

"Whereas, ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about fool proof nature of EVMs deployed in elections in India". He added that successive chief election commissioners have told him that EVMs can not communicate wirelessly.

Ray added that Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who attended the event, may have been sent as an observer.

The Nationalist Congress Party has taken it seriously asked the Supreme Court or R&AW to investigate the claims made by the cyber expert who has claimed that 'Electronic Voting Machines were hacked in 2014'.

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