SC seeks response from Centre, EC on VVPATs in Gujarat polls Oct 24, 2017 0 167 12345 IANSNew DelhiThe Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and the Election Commission on a Congress petition to seek directions on the use of VVPATs and CCTVs in the coming Gujarat assembly elections. The petitioner sought a series of directions on Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) displays for 13 seconds instead of seven seconds, so that all voters get more time to confirm their votes have been correctly registered/recorded, and also on relay of closed-circuit television footage from a polling station to those stationed outside. The Congress also sought counting of votes through paper trail in case of objections on votes counted through electronic voting machines. Asking petitioner Prakash Joshi to serve the petition's copy on the Attorney General and the Election Commission's standing counsel, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud directed the next hearing on October 30. Kapil Sibal, appearing for petitioner Congress, earlier addressed the court on the issue and sought an early date for hearing on the ground that the Election Commission was poised to issue a notification for the Gujarat elections. Lawyer Aljo K Joseph, who filed the petition on behalf of Joshi, said the petition has been filed by the Congress and that the petitioner is an All India Congress Committee Secretary. He said the Congress had represented to the Election Commission in September on the issues raised before the top court, but the party did not get a proper reply from the poll panel. The petitioner-party also sought directions that no criminal be released on parole during elections, and that officials with tainted reputation not be assigned election duties. Seeking display of CCTV footage outside polling stations. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES 'US geopolitical support to India needs more economic content' Oct 24, 2017 0 23 Ready to tie up with Congress: BJD minister Oct 24, 2017 0 20 Govt appoints ex-IB chief as J-K talks interlocutor Oct 24, 2017 0 20 Government's muscular approach over Kashmir has failed: P Chidambaram New Delhi: Former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said that with the appointment of an interlocutor for Indian-administered Kashmir, the government has admitted that its"muscular approach"has failed in .. Train crushes four women crossing tracks in Bihar AFP New Delhi Four women were killed and five others injured Monday after being struck by a train while crossing railway tracks in eastern India, police said. The victims were returning from performing religious rituals .. Youth shot dead by unidentified assailants near house in Delhi New Delhi: A 23-year-old youth was shot dead near his house here in the early hours of Monday, police said. The incident took place in Vijay Park area of Bhajanpura in east Delhi around 1 a.m., Deputy Commissioner of Police .. CID takes over probe into West Bengal policeman's murder Darjeeling: West Bengal's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has taken over from the state police the probe into the killing of police Sub-Inspector Amitava Malik in Darjeeling, a CID official said on .. Man burnt to death for protesting his daughter's molestation in MP Madhya Pradesh: A 45-year-old man was burnt to death by three youths for filing a police complaint against one of them for molesting his daughter in Madhya Pradesh's Damoh District. The three have been arrested, ..