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EVM- VVPAT Matching : Supreme Court Rejects Plea , Terms Petition As ‘Nonsense’

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The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL seeking 100 per cent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during counting of votes on May 23 for Lok Sabha polls.

A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra refused to entertain the plea filed by a Chennai-based organisation ‘Tech for All’, saying that a larger bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had already dealt with the matter and passed an order.

“The CJI had dealt with this matter. Why are you taking chance before a two-judge vacation bench,” the apex court asked. “We cannot override the CJI’s order… This is nonsense. The petition is taken on board. Dismissed,” Justice Mishra said. Calling the petition a “nuisance”, the court said it could not come in the way of a country electing its government.

The apex court had on May 7 dismissed a review plea filed by 21 Opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu seeking that random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs be increased to 50 per cent.

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