2019 Poll Code Violation: Rampur Court Grants Relief to Ex-MP Jaya Prada

Poll Code Violation

An MP-MLA court in Rampur (UP) on Thursday acquitted former MP and actor Jaya Prada in a poll code violation case.

Jaya Prada, who was the BJP candidate from Rampur in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, was defeated by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan.

Special Judge Shobhit Bansal acquitted Jaya Prada in the case filed against her at Kemri police station in Rampur under IPC section 171 G (false statement in connection with an election), as per senior prosecution officer Amarnath Tiwari.

The former MP, who won the Lok Sabha election from Rampur in 2004 and 2009 on a Samajwadi Party ticket, was present in court when the judgment was pronounced.

Speaking to reporters after her acquittal, Jaya Prada expressed her gratitude: “I want to thank the honourable court for acquitting me in the case. I have been a two-time MP from Rampur… I never said anything wrong or made any such comment.” She assured the public of her ongoing commitment to Rampur, saying, “I have represented Rampur and will always stay in Rampur. ‘Satyamev Jayate’ (Truth alone triumphs).”

Senior prosecution officer Tiwari informed reporters that the case against Jaya Prada was registered after she allegedly made remarks about Azam Khan. When questioned about the comments leading to the FIR, Tiwari explained that during an election rally speech, she had said, “Going through the comments Azam Khan makes against me (Jaya Prada), Mayawati (BSP chief), you must think his X-ray-like eyes will also stare at you.”

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