The accusation of an Indian cyber expert Syed Suja, who is seeking political asylum in the US, that the 2014 general election was “rigged” through EVMs has been sending shock waves among political circles in the country.
While the Election Commission has strongly denied it stating there is no scope at all, the BJP lamented that it was Congress-sponsored event, the Congress maintaining some what silence.
Addressing a press conference in London via Skype, Shuja said yesterday he fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members. The cyber expert also claimed that BJP leader Munde was “killed” because he was aware of EVM hacking in the elections. He provided no proof to back up his claim.
Shuja also claimed that NIA officer Tanzil Ahmed, who was investigating Munde’s death, was planning to file an FIR noting that the BJP leader had been murdered, but was himself killed.
The CBI in October 2014 ruled out any foul play in the death of Gopinath Munde, claiming that the politician had died due to injuries sustained in a road accident.
Meanwhile, the Congress distanced itself from these allegations. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said party leader Kapil Sibal was invited by a journalist and he did not represent the Congress party at the press conference, held under the aegis of the Indian Journalists’ Association (Europe).
He said the Congress and other parties want that there should be a system in place to check 50 per cent of voter-verifiable paper audit trails (VVPAT) to reassure the country on the infallibility of electronic voting machines.