Jaya Prada Sentenced to Six Months in Prison
Prominent veteran actress Jaya Prada finds herself entangled in a legal predicament. Recent reports indicate that she has been handed a six-month prison sentence by the Egmore Court in Chennai. This verdict is linked to a petition initiated by the employees of a theater in Rayapeta, Chennai, which is owned by Jaya Prada. The court has also mandated her to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 as part of the judgment. This theater, while owned by her, is managed by local individuals named Ram Kumar and Raja Babu.
Both these managers have been found culpable for neglecting to provide Employee State Insurance (ESI) benefits to the theater staff. The legal issue sprouted from the theater management’s inability to fulfill the ESI payments to its workers. Consequently, they resorted to approaching the Chennai court to address this matter.
It has been reported that Jaya Prada had pledged to clear the outstanding dues owed to the employees and had pleaded for the court’s intervention to dismiss the case. Regrettably, her plea did not find favor with the court, resulting in the imposition of a fine and imprisonment.
Moreover, the theater in question has been compelled to shut down due to these circumstances. The ESI deductions that were taken from the employees’ salaries were never remitted, and it appears that the funds were not even transmitted to the Government Insurance Corporation. The Labour Government Insurance Corporation pressed charges against Jaya Prada despite her appeal. The court’s decision to deny her appeal and impose the sentence has exacerbated her troubles.
As of now, Jaya Prada’s legal team has yet to release a statement to the media regarding this situation. Jaya Prada, a distinguished actress from the yesteryears, enjoyed a flourishing career in both Hindi and Telugu cinema. Her active years spanned the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s, and she attained fame with her role in the film “Sargam” in 1979.
Her filmography boasts an array of notable projects, including “Kaamchor” (1982), “Tohfa” (1984), “Sharaabi” (1984), “Maqsad” (1984), “Sanjog” (1985), “Aakhree Raasta” (1986), “Elaan-E-Jung” (1989), “Aaj Ka Arjun” (1990), “Thanedaar” (1990), “Maa” (1991), and numerous others. During the pinnacle of her acting career, Jaya Prada transitioned into the realm of politics by leaving the film industry.
Her entry into politics commenced in 1994 when she joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Over time, she held positions as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. In 2019, she aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Her most recent acting endeavor was the 2019 Telugu film “Suvarna Sundari.” Additionally, she played a role in the Hindi film “Rajjo” in 2013.