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SC notice to Election Commisson over Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot’s plea alleging duplicate voters in MP, Rajasthan

During the hearing, senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot, said it was found there were over 60 lakh duplicate voters in the voters’ list in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018 Updated: Aug 23, 2018 13:44 IST
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The Supreme Court also issued notices to the state election commissions of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a response from the Election Commission of India on pleas of Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot alleging duplication of voters in the voters’ list in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

A bench of Justice A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan issued notice to the ECI and the state election commission of MP and Rajasthan and posted the matter for further hearing on August 31.

During the hearing, senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Nath and Pilot, said that Nath had conducted a survey on his own cost in Madhya Pradesh and found that there were over 60 lakh duplicate voters in the voters’ list.

He said there was a similar situation in Rajasthan where large numbers of duplicate voters have been found.

In his plea, Nath has also sought random verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in the upcoming MP assembly polls.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 13:40 IST