On Tuesday, October 9, Election Commission counsel Vivek Singh said in the Supreme Court that Congress is attempting to discredit the reputation of Election Commission and using forged documents to scandalize it.
EC counsel Singh said that, after receiving the representation about bogus voters from Congress, EC made the corrections after ground level verification and informed to the party that the problem has been rectified but congress continue to peddle mistakes in earlier lists.
Singh said, “The EC received a representation from Congress about bogus voters on June 3 and the party was informed by June 8 that the problem has been rectified. On July 31, the draft electoral roll was published and necessary corrections were made as the software employed detects similarity between two voters for the officials to take necessary action after ground level verification”.
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He said, “Despite the voter list being corrected, Congress continues to peddle mistakes in earlier lists and attempts to discredit a statutory organization which has earned impeccable reputation for conducting free and fair elections. This is nothing but using forged documents to scandalize the EC”.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, appearing on the behalf of Congress Party Chief for Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, and Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot, alleged that there were 60 lakh bogus voters but EC deleted only 24 lakh bogus voters and demanded for the CBI enquiry in the matter.
Sibal said, “We want a CBI inquiry into duplicate voters and fix responsibility on EC officials who have indulged in creation of these bogus voters. Who is the EC working for? We alleged that there are 60 lakh bogus voters. EC says it has deleted 24 lakh such voters. We want an inquiry”.
In response EC counsel Singh agreed for the enquiry and asked for punishment for those who found guilty and made wrong charges. He said, “The allegations should be taken to a logical end. Let there be an inquiry. If EC officials are found guilty, let them be punished. But if the petitioners are found to have made wrong charges, they should also face prosecution”.