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In troubled waters from the word go

THE ELECTION of film actress Jaya Bachchan to Rajya Sabha was caught in legal wrangle right from the beginning .Congress leader Madan Mohan Shukla of Kanpur, who too had joined the fray in biennial RS poll in 2004 along with Jaya, finally proved to be her nemesis. Shukla had objected to the nomination of Jaya before the returning officer on the ground that she had been holding office of profit.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 01:40 IST

THE ELECTION of film actress Jaya Bachchan to Rajya Sabha was caught in legal wrangle right from the beginning.

Congress leader Madan Mohan Shukla of Kanpur, who too had joined the fray in biennial RS poll in 2004 along with Jaya, finally proved to be her nemesis. Shukla had objected to the nomination of Jaya before the returning officer on the ground that she had been holding office of profit. However, when his plea was rejected he rushed to the Election Commission and got the entire poll rescheduled with the instruction from the EC that his objection should be considered afresh. Returning officer RP Pandey took up the issue again. However, his plea was rejected. While his papers were rejected, Jaya was declared elected.

But it was certainly not the end to her problem, as Shukla moved the Allahabad High Court challenging her election in 2004. The case is still pending in the court. The court had ordered for the seizure of the records. Jaya had then said that she had resigned from the post of chairperson UP Film Development Council before filing the papers.

However, immediately after election she was again posted as the chairperson.
In October 2005, Shukla rushed his petition to President APJ Abdul Kalam which was redirected to the Election Commission. Shukla told Hindustan Times that initially Jaya Bachchan did not appear before the commission but on last hearing on January 12, 2006 she showed up with her lawyers. After long arguments, both sides submitted written submissions also. The commission gave its recommendation to the President last month approving her disqualification. Last week she had gone to the Supreme Court with the prayer that office of profit should be properly defined. But before the apex court decision, the President approved the EC recommendation.