Section 171 BNS – Section 171 of New Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita

Section 171 BNS or Section 171 of Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita talks about “Undue influence at elections.

Section 171 of BNS is part of CHAPTER IX OF OFFENCES RELATING TO ELECTIONS in Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023 Act

Definition of Section 171 BNS

(1) Whoever voluntarily interferes or attempts to interfere with the free exercise of any electoral right commits the offence of undue influence at an election.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of sub-section (1), whoever—

(a) threatens any candidate or voter, or any person in whom a candidate or voter is interested, with injury of any kind; or

(b) induces or attempts to induce a candidate or voter to believe that he or any person in whom he is interested will become or will be rendered an object of Divine displeasure or of spiritual censure, shall be deemed to interfere with the free exercise of the electoral right of such candidate or voter, within the meaning of sub-section (1).

(3) A declaration of public policy or a promise of public action or the mere exercise or a legal right without intent to interfere with an electoral right, shall not be deemed to be interference within the meaning of this section.

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