The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a review plea filed by 21 opposition parties seeking an increase in random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. The apex court refused to interfere in poll process. It is a big jolt to opposition parties.
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that the apex court is not inclined to interfere. “We are not inclined to modify our order. How many days will we hear the same matter,” the Supreme Court said while dismissing review plea on random matching of VVPAT slips.
Senior advocate and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “Unfortunately our plea has not been accepted today. We have pointed out gaps in the Election Commission’s approach. But there aren’t guidelines on what they will do if they find defects.” Abhishek Manu Singhvi asked, “What will they do if the samples show defects?”
On April 8, the Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs in five polling booths per assembly segment from one booth.
Opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, however, sought the review of the Supreme Court order, saying the increase from one to five is not a reasonable number and does not lead to satisfaction desired by this court.