After Leela Samson, Mass Resignation from Central Board of Film Certification


New Delhi, Jan 17: A day after Censor Board chief Leela Samson resigned from the top post protesting the clearance to the controversial film MSG - Messenger of God, nine others of the Central Board of Film Certification quit their posts citing interference and corruption in the Information and Broadcasting ministry.

Nine members, who have sent their resignations to the I&B minister on Saturday, are Ira Bhaskar, Lora Prabhu, Pankaj Sharma, Rajeev Masand, TG Thyagarajan, Mamang Dai, Shubhra Gupta.

In the letter to the minister, the members said that they had been asking for some changes in the functioning of the  Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), however, not a single step has been taken so far by the ministry even after the new government came to power.

Supporting Leela Samson for her move, Ira Bhaskar said that the Board was not functioning properly. However, she ruled out the allegations that giving nod to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's film Messenger of God was the reason behind their resignations.

The mass resignations came a day after Leela Samson resigned from her post as the chief of Censor Board citing interference of the ministry in the functioning of the CBFC panel. She alleged that nothing was being done systematically and there was no Board meeting held for over nine months 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.

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