"Wasn't it your party that introduced the Electronic Voting Machines, Mr Kapil Sibal?" This is what the Supreme Court had to say to the Congressman and senior advocate Sibal who said that the concept of EVMs is only being used in South America.
The SC was hearing a petition filed by few political parties which had questioned the use of EVMs without a paper trail. The petitioners alleged that the EVMs can be hacked. It was pointed out that there was large-scale tampering of EVMs during the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017.
Sibal, during the course of arguments said that EVMs are being used only in South America. The SC shot back by saying, the EVMs were introduced by the Congress. "It was your party that introduced the EVMs. How can you can say no other country uses it?" the Supreme Court said. "EVMs are a remedy to booth capturing," the court added.
Sibal replied by saying technology is not invincible and even the Pentagon can be hacked.
The court then issued notices to the centre and asked it to file a reply within three weeks. The petitioners also raised doubts about the accuracy of the voting through EVMs only. The petitioner said even if EVMs are to be used, it should be done so with the voter-verifiable paper audit trail.