ECI free to use seized EVMs: Bench

By Author  |  Legal Correspondent  |  Published: 16th Mar 2019  1:06 am

Hyderabad: Justice Shameem Akhtar of the Telangana High Court on Friday paved the way for the Election Commission of India to use electronic voting machines (EVM) that were seized from Alair and Nagarkurnool constituencies during the Telangana Assembly elections. The judge was dealing with an election petition filed by S Satish Kumar questioning the election of Sunitha. The petitioner complained that the TRS candidate did not disclose her entire assets while filing her nomination. The petitioner sought directions to verify all documents submitted by the TRS candidate and sought cancellation of her nomination. In a similar matter, Nagam Janardhan Reddy of the Congress sought cancellation of TRS candidate Marri Janardhan Reddy’s election from the Nagarkurnool constituency. Nagam complained that Marri used unfair practices.

Counsel Rajnikanth, appearing for S Satish Kumar, informed the court that his client was only contending the process that was followed when Sunitha had filed her nomination and had no problem with the EVMs. The counsel appearing for the Congress leader also informed the court that his client had no issues with the EVMs but was only questioning the unfair policies adopted by the TRS leader. When both the petitioners clarified that they had no issues with the EVMs, the judge directed the ECI that it was free to use the seized EVMs.