EC files police complaint against man who claimed 2014 polls were rigged
New Delhi, Jan 22: The Election Commission on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the police against Syed Shuja who has claimed that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged by hacking the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
In a letter to Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, the EC has said that Shuja's claims made through video conferencing in London violated the Indian Penal Code (IPC), particularly Section 505, which deals with "public mischief".
"Through media reports, it has come to the notice of the Commission that one Syed Shuja, on January 21 in London, claimed that he was part of the EVM design team and he can hack the EVM used in elections in India. The act of Shuja is violative of IPC, particularly Section 505(1)(b)," the letter read.
"Accordingly, you are requested to lodge a FIR and investigate the matter promptly for violation of aforesaid Section of IPC and other related provisions of any law," it said.
Section 505(1)(b) reads: "Whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public...whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against the public tranquility."
In a sensational claim, the US-based Shuja on Monday said the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were "rigged" and even claimed that BJP leader Gopinath Munde was killed as he knew about the "hacking" of EVMs.
Shuja, who claims to be part of the team that designed EVMs used in India, alleged that the Congress lost 210 seats in 2014 general election "due to tampering".
He further alleged that his team members met "a BJP leader in 2014 who knew about this" and "they were killed in an attack".
He claimed that "if his people had not intercepted the BJP's attempts to hack the transmissions during this year's assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, they would have won those states as well".
He claimed they stopped the transmission during Delhi Assembly elections in 2015 and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerged as winner.
"In Delhi Assembly elections, transmission initiated by the BJP IT was intercepted. We changed the frequency."
Shuja claimed that he too was attacked a few days ago.
He claimed a private company had helped the BJP to get low frequency signals to hack EVMs.