Supreme Court rejects plea by Trinamool Congress leader seeking 100 percent VVPAT verification of votes

The Supreme Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an All India Trinamool Congress leader from Bongaon, Gopal Seth, seeking 100 percent matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit (VVPAT) trail with EVM vote count to ensure transparency in election results.

The decision was delivered by the bench consisting CJI SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubhramaniam.

The bench said that they also agrees with the contention of petitioner about having a free and fair election is a right of every citizen. The CJI also asked advocate Pijush K Roy appearing for the petitioner whether or not a representation was made to the Election Commission of India in this regard.

Roy replied in the affirmative and informed the Bench that ECI had appreciated the request but said that only the top court can take a decision in this regard.

In 2019 also, a Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had dismissed plea seeking 50 percent random physical verification of vote count shown by Electronic Voting Machines with VVPAT trail.

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