‘Dilwale’ actress Kajol faces possible removal from the Prasar Bharti board for skipping its meetings. Currently, the issue is being examined by the information and broadcast ministry. Prasar Bharti comprises of Doordarshan television network and All India Radio, is an autonomous body which comes under the ministry’s administrative jurisdiction.
Kajol was appointed as a part-time member of the board in February 2016 and has not attended the last four meetings which make her liable for removal from the position. As per the Prasar Bharti rules, a member is deemed to have vacated office if absent for three consecutive board meetings without the leave of the chairman.
According to sources, Kajol’s absence without permission was discussed at the last board meeting with several members pointing out the aberration and seeking action. Prasar Bhati members are paid airfare, hotel and travel payment and an allowance for attending the board meetings.
Kajol’s spokesperson Jaiveer told HT: “Kajol, unfortunately, has not been able to attend the last three-four meetings due to prior professional commitments and also due to a family emergency on medical grounds through most of this year. Prior to this, she attended the meetings. She regrets that she has been unable to attend the last few meetings.”
“A notice will be sent to the actor on her absence and subsequent action will be decided by the ministry,” said an official source.
Kajol was last in the news after she sought to clarify that a meat dish, she was eating was not beef.