New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Dainik Jagran online editor Shekhar Tripathi late on Monday night for publishing an exit poll after the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
An exit poll conducted by a company Resource Development International (RDI) Pvt Ltd was Jagran’s English website after the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The Election Commission said the daily has violated its guidelines asking news organisations not to carry/publish any exit/opinion poll during the election period.
The Uttar Pradesh Police also raided the homes of Sukirti Gupta (CEO of Jagran New Media), Varun Sharma (deputy editor, Jagran English online) and Puja Sethi (digital head).
The poll body had on Monday directed the District Election Officers of the 15 districts when polling was held in the first phase on 11 February and Lucknow to immediately register cases against the managements of RDI and Dainik Jagran as well as the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Section 126-A and 126-B of the Representation of People Act.
The offence under Section 126-A is punishable by imprisonment for up to two years or fine or both.
The Election Commission had, on Monday, ordered the filing of FIRs against the management and editor-in-chief of Dainik Jagran for alleged violation of its guidelines. More details are awaited.
In a statement, Dainik Jagran said the report on exit polls “inadvertently” published on its English site and was “immediately removed”.
“It may be clarified that except for the digital English platform, no news item attributing to exit poll was published in Dainik Jagran newspaper,” the daily said in the statement.