Apex Court seeks ECI’s response on duplicate voters in MP, Rajasthan

The Supreme Court on August 23 sought the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) response on pleas of Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin pilot alleging the existence of a large number of duplicate voters in electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Pleas by Congress leaders also seek transparency in upcoming state assembly polls.

A SC bench comprising of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan issued the notice to ECI and the State Election Commission of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and posted the matter for further hearing on August 31.

Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Congress leaders Nath and Pilot told the court that the EC was denying them the voters list in text mode citing privacy in MP, whereas in Rajasthan they had provided it in text mode.

Singhvi further said that Nath had conducted a survey on his own cost in MP and found that there were over 60 lakh duplicate voters in the voters’ list.