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Election Commission panel probing poll panel leak excludes Amit Malviya

EC sources said that the election schedule that was mentioned on the last page of the release was probably seen by some media persons who immediately aired it, leading to the "leak"

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Election Commission panel probing poll panel leak excludes Amit Malviya
Congress protesting the date leak; (Inset) Amit Malviya
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In the aftermath of the uproar over the Karnataka poll date leak 15 minutes before it was officially announced, the probe panel formed by the Election Commission says it suspects that some media people managed to glimpse the press note of the election schedule.

EC sources said that the election schedule that was mentioned on the last page of the release was probably seen by some media persons who immediately aired it, leading to the "leak".

Interestingly, in its office order, the panel omitted the name of BJP IT cell head, Amit Malviya, who had tweeted the date, but later clarified that it had been done because his reply had already reached the commission on the same day.

"During the fleeting glimpse, the reporter probably read the poll date May 12 correctly, but misread the date of counting as May 18 instead of May 15. May 18 was the date before which election shall be completed," sources added.

The committee constituted to probe into the date leak case on Wednesday received replies from rest of the three parties they had sought clarification on the issue.

In their replies, Times Now claimed that the details were accessed from informed sources. It maintained that "given that the information wasn't entirely accurate, it is obvious it wasn't a leak."

The other two respondents — Suvarna News (a Kannada channel) and Congress social media in-charge of Karnataka Srivatsa B — maintained that they merely aired the news that was first broken by Times Now.

The six-member committee, comprising four deputy election commissioners, have been tasked with fixing responsibility of the leak and suggesting measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

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