I have right to fight: Priya Paul

Mumbai: Unsatisfied by the Bombay HC ruling, Priya Paul, the woman claiming to be the biological daughter of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi said justice cannot rest on her “alleged” family. “They (Gandhi family) may chose not to do anything, I can do what I want. Just because others are not fighting, does not mean that I don’t have the right to fight,” Paul said, adding that justice has been denied before as well.

“The government has changed my adoption certificate, all the three birth certificates give me different parents and different lineages. I cannot change the fact that I do not have any right” Paul said. Born as Priya Singh Paul (48), she claimed she was adopted as a baby and was told only after she grew up that her biological father was Sanjay Gandhi, who died in a plane crash in 1980.

On the other hand, Madhur Bhandarkar has welcomed the HC order with open arms and has said Paul has just tried to gain publicity through his film. “She was just looking for publicity because there was no point giving legal notices when the film is about to release. I am happy that the honourable HC has looked into the larger perspective. She (Paul) has been after us since January and we got the notice in June. She wanted her right from our film as movies are a very big medium and help in propaganda,” said Bhandarkar, who had been in legal troubles before for his films like ‘Page 3’ and ‘Fashion’.

The movie – Indu Sarkar – deals with the controversial state of emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975. It came under heavy criticism from Congress leaders after the release of its promos. Two of Bhandarkar’s promotional events for the film in Pune and Nagpur had to be canceled earlier this week after protests by Congress.

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