SC to hear pleas challenging use of EVMs in polls on April 13
The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on April 13 the pleas challenging the use of EVMs in elections without equipping the machines with voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).
A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar refused to give separate hearing to a plea filed by former Samajwadi Party (SP) lawmaker Ataur Rehman who sought elections with EVMs equipped with VVPAT. "Pleas on similar issues are coming up for hearing on April 13. You can raise your contention at the time. We will give you the opportunity to raise your contention but we will not tag the matter and accord separate hearing," the bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said.
Senior advocate P Chidambaram, appearing for Rehman, said that there is a judgement of the apex court which had given a specific direction to the Election Commission that the "paper trail" is an indispensable requirement of free and fair elections but it is yet to be implemented.