MSG row: 9 Censor Board members resign after chief quits

Written by | January 17, 2015 | 0

New Delhi: Following the resignation of Censor Board chief Leela Samson, nine other members have reportedly quit their posts as well.

Leela Samson has resigned as the censor board chief, protesting against what she termed interference by the government, while denying Friday that her exit was linked to controversial film “MSG”, which is ready for release after the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) gave it the green signal.

“It is absolutely true that I have resigned. (I resigned) last night by SMS and today (Friday) by email and hard copy letter,” Samson told IANS via SMS.

Samson has headed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), a statutory body under the information and broadcasting ministry, since 2011. It regulates the public exhibition of films under the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

An acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer, Samson said her resignation followed interference by the government in the censor board’s working and what she described as coercion and corruption of panel members.

But she denied speculation that her departure was due to the clearance given by the FCAT – which hears appeals of applicants aggrieved by a CBFC order, for film certification – to Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s film “MSG – The Messenger of God”.

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