EC defies claims of fake voters by Congress, says party misled the court

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The Election Commission of India has accused Congress party of forging fake documents of the electoral list to cook up the lie of duplicate voters in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In response to the apex court asking EC to clarify the matter on the fake voter’s list, the latter has said the Supreme Court on Thursday that these were false attempts by the party to defame the poll panel and get the favorable order. The EC has also asked to punish Congress for misleading the court.

Vikas Singh, the advocate for ECI said, “Some private company called ‘politics.In’ has published the data of voters with pictures which the ECI does not do. The petitioner herein has submitted the data relying on such fabricated documents to get a favorable order and malign the Election Commission of India,” Singh said. He further added “It is something serious which I want to point out to the court and the act is covered under section 193 of IPC (punishment for false evidence). Somebody should be seriously hauled up for this.”

However, the counsel for the Congress party argued that it had just used the data which was available in the public domain. The party also claimed that it is the same list, which the Election Commission had given to the Chief Election Commissioner in CDs.

The party also justified it by saying that there is nothing wrong in the submission of the documents and the data of duplicate voters that has been given to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat.

A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan has asked Mr. Singh, to cross-check from Rawat whether such documents were given to him or were directly given in the court.  The court said to the EC, “You please verify with the CEC OP Rawat and inform us by October 8”.

Kapil Sibal, appearing for Kamal Nath, had said “We have brought it to the notice of Election Commission of India and they have even replied to our representation. What’s wrong in pointing it out,” Sibal said.

He said that this was the data present in the public domain and also given to the chief election commissioner.

The court said that if the documents were handed over to the ECI also, then it will change the course. The next hearing will be on October 8, Monday. A petition was filed by Sachin Pilot and Kamal Nath claiming that around 60 lakh voters in the electoral list were fake and duplicate.

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