Film Censor board chief resigns, alleges corrupt practices

Leela Samson the Central Board of Film Certification chief has resigned to protest the clearance given to the film Messenger of God. She has accused the government of 'coercion' and interfering with her decisions on several films, including the Aamir Khan starrer PK. Samson accused the information and broadcasting ministry of stifling her functioning by meddling in every new film, and said the ministry disagreed with audience certifications for most films. Another reason for her quitting is corruption of panel members and officers who are appointed by the information ministry, and having to manage an organisation whose Board has not met for over 9 months because the ministry did not have the funds for the meeting of members. Another member of the Board, Ira Bhaskar also quit saying things were clearly not in order and though it is mandatory for board members to meet every three months, there was no meeting for a year. The government refuted the charges of interference and asserted it has always maintained a distance from the certification process. Reacting to the statements Information and Broadcasting Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore said the ministry has always kept its distance from the Censor board decisions. Meanwhile an alert has been sounded in Punjab and Haryana as protests were staged against the proposed release of MSG, as the Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on whom the movie is based, claimed that the film does not target any religious sect.