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Censor Board chief resigns over Clearance given to Film of Ram Rahim

New Delhi, Jan 16: Expressing displeasure over clearance given to the controversial film "Messenger of God", Censor Board Chief Leela Samson has resigned from her post.

Samson is believed to be upset with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for its interference and corruption of panel members appointed by the ministry. She alleged that nothing was being done systematically and there was no Board meeting held for over nine months between the members due to no funds sanctioned by the ministry.

She hit out at the government over its failure to appoint a new Board and chairperson, saying, the term of the chairperson and all members have ended but all have been given extensions.

In her statement, she mentioned about the recent cases of interference of I&B Ministry in the functioning of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) that the corrupt members have degraded the values of the Board.

Her resignation comes after the "Messenger of God" that features Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in lead role was cleared by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). The film is released today.

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