Double vote; Election Commission alleges leak of 2.5 crore voter details; The case was registered by the Crime Branch

Thiruvananthapuram: The crime branch has registered a case in connection with the leak of voter list in connection with double voting in the state. The case is based on a complaint lodged by the Election Commission with the DGP. The case was registered under the IT Act, conspiracy and theft.

The complaint was lodged by the Joint Chief Electoral Officer alleging that the details of 2.76 crore voters had been leaked. The FIR alleges that information was leaked from a laptop in the Election Commission office. But Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the voter list was not a secret.

Voter lists, including pictures of voters, are provided to all registered parties prior to the election. Opposition groups called for the list to be published on the website, saying it was in the public domain.

In the run-up to the Assembly elections, the Opposition has come out with allegations of irregularities in the voter list in the state and multiple double votes. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala had alleged that there were around four lakh double votes. Evidence of this was also released. Following this, the Election Commission conducted an inquiry and found that there was a double vote and the court had ordered its removal.