Section 131 Representation of the People Act, 1951

 

Section 131 Representation of the People Act, 1951: 

Penalty for disorderly conduct in or near polling stations.—

(1) No person shall, on the date or dates on which a poll is taken at any polling station,—

(a) use or operate within or at the entrance of the polling station, or in any public or private place in the neighbourhood thereof, any apparatus for amplifying or reproducing the human voice, such as a megaphone or a loudspeaker, or

(b) shout, or otherwise act in a disorderly manner, within or at the entrance of the polling station or in any public or private place in the neighbourhood thereof, so as to cause annoyance to any person visiting the polling station for the poll, or so as to interfere with the work of the officers and other persons on duty at the polling station.

(2) Any person who contravenes, or wilfully aids or abets the contravention of, the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three months or with fine or with both.

(3) If the presiding officer of a polling station has reason to believe that any person is committing or has committed an offence punishable under this section, he may direct any police officer to arrest such person, and thereupon the police officer shall arrest him.

(4) Any police officer may take such steps, and use such force, as may be reasonably necessary for preventing any contravention of the provisions of sub-section (1), and may seize any apparatus used for such contravention.



Supreme Court of India Important Judgments And Leading Case Law Related to Section 131 Representation of the People Act, 1951:  

Nagendra Mahto vs The State on 15 March, 1954

Nagendra Mahto vs The State on 15 March, 1954

Rameshwar Mahton And Anr. vs The State on 18 August, 1955

Mr Mahabala Kunder vs The State on 6 December, 2017

The State Of M.P. vs Vijay Shah on 17 August, 2012


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