Breaking: SC dismisses Congress' plea of directing EC to verify votes with VVPAT slips

New Delhi, Dec 15: SC has dismissed Congress' plea seeking directions to EC to count and cross verify at least 25% of VVPAT paper trail with EVM vote.

Supreme Court said that it finds no merit in Congress' plea, adds that Gujarat Congress can approach SC through filing a writ petition for electoral reforms.

The Supreme Court observed, it can't not interfere with Election Commission's exercise of power. Electoral process in a democracy is of utmost importance & it can't interfere only to allay apprehension of a party.

Congress had moved Supreme Court seeking directions to the Election Commission of India to count and cross verify at least 25% of the VVPAT paper trail with the EVM votes. Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal had appeared for Congress.

The Congress is in no mood to retreat and the battle lines have been drawn over the Gujarat polls, which is being seen as a war of prestige; it's Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi. It has approached the Supreme Court and pleaded that the Election Commission should be directed to count 25% of votes with VVPAT slips.

The Supreme Court observed, it can't not interfere with Election Commission's exercise of power. Electoral process in a democracy is of utmost importance & it can't interfere only to allay apprehension of a party.

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