UP court issues non-bailable warrant against Telugu actress Jaya Prada

The court asked the Rampur SP to form a special team, arrest the former MP and present her in the court on 27 February.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Feb 13, 2024 | 8:15 PMUpdatedFeb 13, 2024 | 8:15 PM

Jaya Prada warrant

The MP/MLA Special court in Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh has ordered the arrest of actor-turned-politician and former MP Jaya Prada in two cases concerning violation of the election model code of conduct.

Issuing a non-bailable warrant against the veteran Telugu actor in another case, the court asked the Rampur Superintendent of Police (SP) to form a special team, arrest the former MP and present her in the court on 27 February.

“We will comply with the court’s order in the matter and will proceed as directed in the matter,” a senior police official of the Rampur police told South First.

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The cases against the actor

The Supreme Court, in November 2023, granted her exemption from surrendering after she failed to pay contributions to the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The apex court had sentenced her to jail for six months in the case.

Two cases were registered against the veteran actress in Kaumari and Swar police stations for violating the Election Code during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The first case was registered in Swar, where Jaya Prada inaugurated a road in the Noorpur village even though the MCC was enforced.

In the second case, the veteran actress was booked for allegedly delivering an objectionable speech in the Pipiliya Misra village in the state.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Jaya Prada contested from Rampur as a BJP candidate and ended up losing.

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The warrant

Senior prosecution officer Amarnath Tiwari said that the former MP did not reach the court on Monday (12 February) for a hearing even after a non-bailable warrant had been issued against her for the seventh time.

Though the court issued several notices, Jaya Prada did not respond. Following this, the court was compelled to issue a non-bailable warrant against her.

The court also expressed disappointment with the police after the government counsel argued that no arrests had been made even though several were issued in the actress’ name.

The hearing was adjourned to 27 February.