The Supreme Court on Monday 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.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubhramaniam said that it would not interfere in the petition.
The Bench while dismissing the PIL stated that the bench agrees with the petitioner that “free and fair election” is a right of the citizens.
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.
“I am not seeking an interference. Election is still going on. Free and fair election is a matter of right,” Roy argued.
However the bench remained unimpressed and dismissed the plea.
In 2019, 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.