The election Commission has directed the local administration in Uttar Pradesh to file FIR on Dainik Jagran for violation of the provisions of Section 126A of RP Act, 51, notified on Jan 27th ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections prohibiting exit poll results before the closure of elections at 5.30 PM on March 8, 2017.
EC said the Dainik Jagran Newspaper has published result of exit polls conducted by a company by the name of Resource Development International on the first phase of elections in UP, through their website violating the Sections 126A and 126B of RP Act, 1951 as well as offence under Section 188 of IPC. The offence also amounts to disobedience to Order duly promulgated by the Commission.
The Commission has decided to take stringent action against them and directed that the District Election Officers of each of the districts covered under the first phase of poll and Lucknow shall immediately file FIR against the Managing Director of RDI and Dainik Jagran including the Managing Editor or the main Editor of the Newspaper under Section 188 of IPC read with Section 126A and 126B of RP Act, 1951.
Under sub-section 3 of Section 126 A of R.P. Act, 1951, Offence under Section 126A is punishable by imprisonment for a term up to 2 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 conduct of the business of the company shall be deemed to be guilty and face punishment.