Jayaprada Sentenced Over ESI Fund Nonpayment

Born Lalitha Rani Rao in 1962, Jaya Prada Nahata is a distinguished Indian actress and politician renowned for her iconic roles in the Telugu and Hindi film industries during the late ’70s through early ’90s. Beyond her illustrious film career that brought her three Filmfare Awards South, Jayaprada seamlessly transitioned into politics, joining the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994. Her political journey culminated in serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh between 2004 and 2014.

In a recent turn of events, veteran South Indian actress Jayaprada has been sentenced to 6 months behind bars for failing to pay the Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) fund share she had deducted from her workers. This oversight wasn’t just an administrative lapse but qualified as a criminal offence. The case, adjudicated at a Rajahmundry court, saw the prosecution advocating for stern punishment. The verdict? A six-month incarceration and a Rs 5,000 fine.

The underlying issue was Jayaprada’s team’s failure to remit the collected ESI funds into the appropriate accounts as mandated by law. The Labour Department’s investigation unveiled this stark violation, resulting in her prosecution under Section 12(1)(b) of the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.

This case underscores the criticality of safeguarding performers’ rights, particularly those without easy access to legal redress, ensuring fair treatment across Indian industries. Climaxahh pledges its commitment to keeping its audience informed on such pivotal cases.

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