Shuja’s Claims About EVMs Sound Like Science Fiction: Kapil Sibal

Shuja’s Claims About EVMs Sound Like Science Fiction: Kapil Sibal

Shuja made several startling claims via video conference at an EVM hacking event organised by the Indian Journalists' Association (IJA) in London.

Shuja, who claims to be part of the team that designed EVMs used in India, alleged that Congress lost 210 seats in 2014 general election "due to tampering".

A man claiming to be a former designer of India's electronic voting machines on Monday told a London news conference that EVMs had been hacked to rig the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Shuja said a riot was engineered in the Kishanbagh area of Hyderabad and his dead colleagues were passed off as riot victims. While the Congress has demanded probe into these allegations, the BJP has dubbed them a "Congress-sponsored conspiracy" created to "defame" Indian democracy and its Election Commission.

The Congress leader said Shuja has sought political asylum in the USA and that the U.S. government probed the charges made by him for two years and the charges made by him should be probed in India also.

Prasad also rubbished hacker Shuja's claims that BJP leader Gopinath Munde was "murdered" because he knew the "truth of the EVMs".

The Nationalist Congress Party has taken it seriously asked the Supreme Court or R&AW to investigate the claims made by the cyber expert who has claimed that 'Electronic Voting Machines were hacked in 2014'. A graphite-based transmitter is required to get into an EVM.

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"In Delhi Assembly elections, transmission initiated by the BJP IT was intercepted". Ray said the speaker is "radio frequency engineer Syed Hyder Ahmed, also known as Syed Shuja".

"It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter", it said. "ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest and stands by empirical facts about the foolproof nature of ECI EVMs", the Election Commission said.

He explained how he and his team - comprising of 11 other engineers - were first apparently approached in 2013 to find vulnerabilities in current generation EVMs and to come up with a prototype for a future voting machine that can not be hacked - an offer that Shuja and his team accepted. "In Delhi Assembly elections, transmission initiated by the BJP IT was intercepted".

Quite frankly, the scale of the operation that Shuja claims was and is still going on, and the tools required for it, would be virtually impossible for the BJP, or any other private entity, to obtain - that too, in the run-up to an election year when they were not even in power.

Taking questions from journalists, however, Shuja reportedly failed to substantiate any of his claims.

Says Shekhar Gupta, condemning the irresponsible press meet, "This EVM presser isn't just underwhelming, it is insulting to anybody not smoking illegal stuff". In what capacity was (senior Congress leader) Kapil Sibal present at the EVM hackathon event?

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