Plea questioning reliability of voting machines dismissed

The Gujarat High Court Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

A bench of Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice Anant Dave dismissed the petition as it was not filed as per the new rules for filing PILs.

Petitioner Girish Das, an advocate, told the court that the petition should not be dismissed on technical grounds as it was in public interest.

However, dismissing the petition, the chief justice said citizens cannot abuse the process of law.

Das sought the court’s directions to the Election Commission to equip the EVMs with a camera and a clock so as to ascertain and establish as to who voted at what time.

Das also sought video recording of all polling booths to preserve it for ensuring transparent and clean elections.

He said in the petition that it would also help as evidence in a court of law if the allegations of irregularities in voting.