Hyderabad; Alleging that a false case was registered against Hari K Prasad, a city-based computer engineer by Maharashtra Police, the Janata Party on Sunday demanded that the Centre and the Election Commission immediately withdraw the "bogus" case against him.
Asserting that Prasad, a software specialist who was arrested last month from here by Mumbai Police on charges of stealing an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from Maharashtra, had only demonstrated that EVMs can be tampered with, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy said that Prasad did not commit any crime.
Addressing a press conference jointly organised by VeTA (Citizens for Verifiability, Transparency, and Accountability in Elections) and Jana Chaitanya Vedika here, Swamy said that Hari Prasad`s event had become a "laughing stock" and an "international shame" on India.
Quoting a recent Supreme Court judgement that "if false arrests takes place then the government can be sued," Swamy said, "I am warning the government and the ECI that I will sue them for Rs 10 crore if they do not withdraw this case against Hari Prasad."
"I demand that the bogus case against Hari Prasad be withdrawn. He is anyhow going to win the case," Swamy said. Swamy said he had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking protection for Hari Prasad and added that he would also meet the Prime Minister in this matter.
"If any harms happens to Prasad, then I will hold the government responsible for any such act," he said. Stating that the selection of the government through election is a sacred matter, Swamy said "we should be absolutely sure that the procedure is valid and transparent."
The former Union Minister further demanded the government and ECI should provide a paper receipt after casting of an vote like after completion of a transaction at ATMs. If it
cannot make the provision then it is better that the ECI return back to ballot papers as it happened in Europe, he happened.
During ballot paper voting there used to be rigging at polling booth level but with EVMs chip a whole election can be stolen, Swamy alleged. He termed the ballot paper rigging as at "retail level" and the EVMs rigging as "whole-sale" rigging.