Syed Shuja was never a part of EVM manufacturing team, clarifies ECIL

Syed Shuja, the self-declared cyber expert and hacker who has alleged EVM tampering in 2014 general elections, was never an employee with the Electronic Corporation of India (ECIL) as he claimed, the company clarified. ECIL is the company which manufactures Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), for the election commission of India.

“The records of this company have been verified and it is found that Syed Shuja has neither been on the rolls of ECIL as a regular employee nor was he in any way associated in the design and development of EVMs in ECIL produced between 2009 to 2014,” read a statement from ECIL.

Shuja, during the press conference in London, claimed he was part of a team at ECIL. Although he appeared on screen through Skype, his face was covered with a mask. Shuja alleged that he was involved in hacking the EVMs for the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014 general elections. Not only this, he also alleged that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also used EVM hacking techniques to record the historic win in Delhi assembly elections of 2015.

Shuja had mentioned a few names claiming to be his team. The names were Prakash, Keshav, Vamshi, Amjas. And none of these people or engineers with such names were employed with the team, the company further said.

Shuja said he fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members.

Shuja also alleged that former Telangana BJP MLA Kishan Reddy was aware of the rigging and his gunmen had shot down few of Shuja’s teammates in Hyderabad in 2014. The team had gone to meet Kishan Reddy to talk about rigging and the meeting was scheduled in the outskirts of Hyderabad.

“If I got so many people killed then what was the government doing at that time? This is absolutely false. I demand a CBI inquiry into this,” Kishan Reddy told News18 on Tuesday.