New Delhi, Feb 14, 2017: After Election Commission’s order, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday night arrested Jagran.com editor Shekhar Tripathi for publishing an exit poll after the first phase of UP assembly elections.
The exit-poll showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the front-runner for the first phase of the polls.
State police teams also raided the homes of Jagran New Media Chief Executive Officer Sukriti Gupta, Jagran English Online Deputy Editor Varun Sharma and Digital Head Puja Sethi, media reported.
The EC had on Monday asked poll officers of 15 UP districts, in which the first phase of Assembly elections was held on February 11, to register separate criminal cases against the editorial heads of Hindi daily Dainik Jagran on charges of conducting and publishing an “exit poll”.
In a statement issued, Dainik Jagran newspaper said news about exit polls of Uttar Pradesh was published inadvertently on its English website and it was immediately removed after being detected by senior officials of the group.
The newspaper also said, “It may be clarified that except for the digital English platform no news item attributing to exit poll was published in Dainik Jagran newspaper.”
“On the English website a news was inadvertently published mentioning about an exit poll.” However, the mistake was self-corrected and the news report was immediately removed when the report was noticed by senior officials of the group.
“We clarify that we fully comply with the directions which has been issued by Election Commission of India and are in the process of filing a detailed fact-based response with the ECI clarifying the position,” it said.