Senior congressional lawmaker HK Patil on Sunday called for an independent investigation by a Supreme Court judge into the case of 19,000 “missing” electronic voting machines (EVMs).
The case of the ‘missing’ EVMs came to light after RTI’s responses from the machine manufacturer and the Election Commission of India (ECI) showed huge discrepancies in the data.
Leading a delegation of Congress lawmakers, Patil met with the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri, in Bangalore on Sunday and submitted a 2,750-page document on the responses of the Election Commission of the India (ECI) to RTI issues and issues raised in court.
He later spoke at a press conference in Bengaluru and said, “The Center should order a fair and independent investigation by a sitting Supreme Court Justice and a summons to appear before the Legislative Assembly. of Karnataka to explain the allegations against this.”
In documents released to the media by Patil, ECI admitted that in the space of 15 years, it has not received 9,64,270 EVMs that Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) claims to have delivered. Similarly, the ECI has also not received 9,29,992 machines which the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) confirms having delivered. Furthermore, the BEL claimed to have provided 62,183 EVMs in 2014-2015, which were not received.