One of the organisers of a London event where an Indian-born man claiming to be a cyber expert on Monday sought to demonstrate how electronic voting machines can be hacked distanced itself from the event the next day.
In a letter to Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, the company, which manufactures EVMs, said that Shuja was neither a regular employee of the firm nor associated in any way the design and development of voting machines between 2009 and 2014, contrary to his claims.
Shuja said a riot was engineered in the Kishanbagh area of Hyderabad and his dead colleagues were passed off as riot victims. A democracy will only be strengthened when the election exercise is conducted fairly.
An Election Commission statement later stressed that EVMs can not be hacked.
The Congress leader said Shuja has sought political asylum in the USA and that the U.S. government probed the charges made by him for two years and the charges made by him should be probed in India also.
Identifying himself as Syed Shuja, he also alleged that former BJP minister Gopinath Munde and journalist Gauri Lankesh had been murdered to prevent them revealing the conspiracy, but offered no evidence.
In a video conference in London on Monday, Shuja made several startling claims, including a charge that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged in favour of BJP and he had designed the EVMs that were used in doing so.
The ECI reiterated that the EVMs used by it are manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), both state-owned, under "very strict" supervisory and security conditions.
"EVMs have been in use for the last 20 years". The event comes close on the heels of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 to be held in the country in April.
"It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter", it said.
Shuja, however, claimed that Jio had started setting up infrastructure from 2012 onwards. "Insanity in the Congress party is increasingly becoming contagious", said the Minister, who is in the U.S. for medical check up.
He, however, said that since the General Elections are approaching therefore at least the Election Commission should allow 50 percent VVPAT slips per constituency be randomly counted to ensure there is no electoral rigging.
Shuja claimed: "The AAP had wanted us to hack the EVM to show the world that EVMs can be hacked".
He said the BJP would have won the recent Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections if his team hadn't intercepted the alleged attempts by the saffron party to hack the "transmissions" in these states.
He said he met a prominent Indian journalist and told him the whole story about the alleged EVM rigging.
The Election Commission and political parties were invited to be at press meet but only Congress leader Kapil Sibal attended the event, he added.