EVM hacking row: Delhi Police files FIR against self-proclaimed 'cyber expert' Syed Shuja based on EC complaint

The Delhi Police has registered a case based on a complaint filed by the Election Commission regarding allegations of hacking of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and rigging of polls levelled by self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja.

Press Trust of India January 23, 2019 16:41:06 IST
EVM hacking row: Delhi Police files FIR against self-proclaimed 'cyber expert' Syed Shuja based on EC complaint
  • An FIR has been registered by Delhi Police against Shuja under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code

  • The section 505 of the IPC refers to the intent to cause fear or public mischief

  • On Tuesday, the poll panel had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, asking it to register an FIR against Syed Shuja

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has registered a case based on a complaint filed by the Election Commission regarding allegations of hacking of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and rigging of polls levelled by self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja, officials said on Wednesday.

EVM hacking row Delhi Police files FIR against selfproclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja based on EC complaint

Self-proclaimed cyber expert Syed Shuja. Image Courtesy: Twitter/Foreign Press Association

"Based on a complaint received from the Election Commission, an FIR has been registered under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code (intent to cause fear or public mischief) at Parliament Street police station. Action will be taken as per the law," a senior police officer said.

On Tuesday, the poll panel had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, asking it to register an FIR against Syed Shuja, who during a press conference in London on Monday, claimed that the EVMs can be hacked, and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged.

In its complaint, the poll panel had asked police to investigate the matter "promptly" for violation of certain IPC sections dealing with spreading rumour to "create fear" in the minds of people.

The EC also said that all the "elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha are conducted with the EVMs manufactured by ECIL and BEL", both Public Sector Undertakings.

"Honourable Supreme Court and various Honorable High Courts have also endorsed the use of EVMs in the elections through various judgments," the complaint said.

At the hackathon's press conference on Monday, Shuja alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had hacked the EVMs in 2014 using a modulator which transmits military-grade frequency.

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