In line with a petition on decriminalizing unproven complaints raised against EVM and VVPAT machines, the center would now have to answer the notice sent by the Supreme Court of India. The current law states that anyone who raised suspicion on the functioning of EVM and VVPAT machines, would have to prove that their complaints aren’t fake. If failed to prove their complaint, one would have to undergo a jail sentence of six months.
The petition filed before the SC, seeks to decriminalize the above law, on grounds of breaching the fundamental right of freedom of expression. Apart from the Central government, the SC has also sent a notice to the Election Commission as well. Earlier, during the Kerala lok sabha elections, the instance of a person failing to prove the mistake he found on the VVPAT machine, has gone onto set stages for a heated debate.