EVM Row: Delhi HC issues notice to Centre, DU and others

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New Delhi, Sep 17: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Central government, Univesity of Delhi, DUSU President, and others over private procurement of electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the varsity elections. 

Justice Siddharth Mridul directed Delhi University’s Chief Electoral Officer to secure the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in DUSU elections and issued notices to the Centre, the university and others.

The court was hearing a plea by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) candidates Sunny Chhillar, Leena and Saurabh Yadav who raised questions on private procurement of EVMs for the DUSU polls.

The plea sought quashing of poll results as unconstitutional, arbitrary and illegal and demanded fresh polls through ballot papers.

The court asked the Centre, Delhi University, its Chief Electoral Officer and the three victorious Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidates to file their replies within three weeks and fixed October 29 for the next hearing.

In the recently held varsity elections which were announced late on September 13, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) bagged three out of four seats, including that of the President, in Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, the results of which were announced late on Thursday.

While NSUI candidate Akash Chaudhary grabbed the Secretary post.

On the result day, after the electronic voting machines stopped working, the counting of votes was disrupted several times.

Following which supporters of the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS)-All India Students’ Association (AISA) alliance shouted slogans against the university authorities seeking resumption of counting.

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