17 Jan , New Delhi
Government has accepted the resignation of the Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification, (CBFC) Leela Samson.
On the other hand all members of the CBFC resigned on Saturday in support of Leela Samson, the former chairperson.
A joint letter of resignation in which nine people have signed was submitted to the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, said Illa Bhaskar one of the members of the statutory Board who resigned Friday.
Bhaskar resigned on Friday after Leela Samson stepped down as the board’s chairperson
Bhaskar , a professor of Cinema Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University said that they resigned in support of Samson because she faced clear difficulties in functioning . She cited the discrepancies in board as the reason for her deciding to quit.
However she clarified that the reason for resignation was not the movie Messenger of God (MSG) featuring Deara Sachha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Ms. Samson had resigned following the clearance given by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, FCAT, to the Dera Sachcha Sauda Chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s film, ‘Messenger of God’. She had alleged interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the Board who are appointed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
However, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has denied that there was any coercion on the Board. He said, the entire board was appointed by the previous government and none of the members have been changed and no additional member has been put in.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory body under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952.