EC seeks FIR against self-proclaimed ‘cyber expert’ who claimed 2014 Lok Sabha polls was rigged

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) wrote to the Delhi Police on Tuesday requesting it to lodge an FIR and investigate properly the statement made by Syed Shuja in London on the possibility to tamper EVMs used by the poll body.

“Through media reports, it has come to the notice of the commission that allegedly one Mr Syed Shuja claimed (at the event in London) that he was part of the EVM design team & he can hack the EVMs used in elections in India,” the EC said in its letter.

Shuja, who is reportedly a cybersecurity expert, had claimed on Monday that he could demonstrate how electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in elections could have tampered. The EC, however, clarified that the EVMs cannot be tampered with, asserting that the machines are manufactured following “rigorous standard operating procedures”.

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