EVM theft case: Former minister seeks anticipatory bail

Fearing arrest in the theft case of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), a former minister of state has approached the sessions court seeking anticipatory bail.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 21:44 PM IST

Mumbai: Fearing arrest in the theft case of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), a former minister of state has approached the sessions court seeking anticipatory bail.

Madhav Kinhalkar, who was the state minister of home, Revenue in 1993, and his brother Satish Kinhalkar filed anticipatory bail after receiving notices from the MRA Marg
police station directing them to appear before them for questioning.

Principal Sessions Judge M L Tahalayani while granting the duo interim relief directed the police to file their reply by October 8. The city police have so far arrested two persons in connection with the theft case - Hyderabad-based researcher Hari Prasad and human rights activist Mukund Lagoo. Both are out on bail.
"I would be falsely implicated in this case by rival politicians. Since 2009, I have been working towards revealing how politicians manipulate and tamper with EVMs to get desired results," Madhav`s bail plea states.

In 2009, Madhav contested against Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan but lost. "I was shocked to see the results and suspected that the EVMs must have been tampered
with. After this I filed a petition against Chavan in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court," the plea states. According to Madhav, he has been regularly voicing his
apprehension of there being a fraud in the usage of EVMs.
"It is not difficult to coerce the polling officers and staffs and get them to tamper the machines for desired results," Madhav has alleged. "By falsely implicating me, rival politicians are trying to dissuade me from proceeding with my legal case against Chavan," the plea states.

According to the plea, Madhav met Hari Prasad in January this year after reading his articles on the internet and was not aware of any of his other activities. Prasad was arrested nearly four months after he appeared in a local channel demonstrating the ways an EVM could be tampered.

PTI