UP Polls 2017: Dainik Jagran faces FIR over BJP favouring exit poll

Under Section 126 A and B of the Representation of the People Act, media houses are barred from publishing or broadcasting exit polls.

UP Polls 2017: Dainik Jagran faces FIR over BJP favouring exit poll

For violating the code of conduct by publishing exit poll, the Election Commission (EC) on Monday asked poll officers in 15 districts in Uttar Pradesh to book editorial heads of media group Dainik Jagran. The first phase of UP assembly polls was held on Saturday.

The poll panel directed the district election officers to immediately file FIRs against the managing director and other authorities of Resource Development International (I) Private Limited (RDI) and Dainik Jagran, including the managing editor, editor in chief, editor or chief editor of the Hindi language newspaper, the Hindustan Times reported. The EC also asked the district officers to file a compliance report by the evening.


Under Section 126 A and B of the Representation of the People Act, media houses are barred from publishing or broadcasting exit polls.

The publication of exit poll results by Dainik Jagran is in “clear violation of Section 126 A and B of the Representation of the People Act and willful disobedience of lawful directions of the EC under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” Hindustan times quoted as commission saying.

“Section 126A is punishable by imprisonment for a term up to two years or with fine or both. Section 126B provides that if the offence is committed by a company, every person who is in charge of and is responsible for the conduct of the business of the company shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and face punishment,”commission added.

In Dainik Jagran exit polls, the poll panel noted that it quoted an RDI exit poll that put the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lead at the end of the first phase of elections in the state.