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EVM tampering case: Supreme Court bars Andhra Pradesh MLA from entering vote counting centre

The Supreme Courtroom on Monday reprimanded YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MLA Pinneli Ramakrishna Reddy and barred him from visiting the counting centre after he was caught on video banging an EVM at a polling sales space in the course of the election. After watching the video of the incident, a bench headed by Justice Arvind Kumar stated that the allegation of banging the EVM on the bottom amounted to “mocking the system”.

The courtroom stated that if the Excessive Courtroom order granting interim safety shouldn’t be stayed, it could even be a mockery of all the justice system. The bench additionally comprised Justice Sandeep Kumar. In its order, the apex courtroom additionally thought of the affidavit filed by Macherla MLA's lawyer Vikas Singh on behalf of the YSRCP chief during which it was stated that he wouldn’t go to or close to the counting heart on Tuesday.

The Supreme Courtroom requested the Andhra Pradesh Excessive Courtroom to contemplate the anticipatory bail plea within the case on deserves, with out being influenced by its earlier resolution to grant interim safety. The Excessive Courtroom in its interim order on May 23 had stayed the arrest of the accused MLA until June 5 within the case of EVM tampering throughout polling. A polling agent of TDP had approached the Supreme Courtroom towards the Excessive Courtroom order. The petition alleged that beneath strain from Ramakrishna Reddy's affect, the VRO in his report had accused unknown folks of damaging the EVM on the polling sales space.

Ramakrishna Reddy is contesting from Macherla for the fifth time as a YSRCP candidate. Police have registered a case beneath related sections of the IPC, Illustration of the People Act, 1951, and Prevention of Harm to Public Property (PDPP) Act, 1984 after his video of smashing an EVM went viral. The incident befell at a polling sales space in Macherla on May 13, the day of polling. The Election Fee had ordered his arrest after the video of him smashing an EVM went viral. Later, three new circumstances have been registered towards the MLA for conspiring to incite violence on polling day.

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