Karnataka elections: EC seizes 9,746 voter ID cards, orders probe

Bengaluru: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday seized thousands of voter identity cards from a flat in Jalahalli, west Bengaluru, which falls under Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) assembly constituency.
Flying squad official Byre Gowda said: “Whatever we have counted so far are valid IDs and are about 10 to 15 years old. We’ll check whether there are fake ones too.”

The incident was brought to light by Jagadish Ramachandra, son of GH Ramachandra who’s contesting on a JD(S) ticket from RR Nagar, according to reports in a leading national newspaper. He visited the apartment during campaigning. “Flat no. 115 at SLV Park View in Jalahalli looked like a mini-BBMP office. Apart from two aluminium boxes filled with ID cards, there were two printers and six laptops,” said Jagadish. He alleged there could be 50,000 fake voter ID cards and the list included the ID card of BBMP joint commissioner Tippeswamy.

Chief electoral officer Sanjiv Kumar, who visited the apartment later in the night, confirmed 9,746 valid ID cards have been seized. All these cards belong to RR Nagar constituency.

Mamatha Vasudev, BJP corporator from JP Park, said they could see remains of several IDs burnt outside the apartment.