Censor Board chief Leela Samson quits after controversial ‘MSG’ is cleared for release

After Leela Samson quits as chief when the Censor Board had referred the issue of clearance to "Messenger of God" to FCAT.

By: Press Trust of India | Updated: January 16, 2015 12:41 pm
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Amidst reports that controversial film Messenger of God featuring Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in lead role has been cleared by Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), Censor Board chief Leela Samson on Thursday night said she has decided to resign.

Asked if she was aware of media reports that the nod has been given by FCAT to the film’s screening, Samson told PTI, “I hear so. Nothing in writing yet. Yet, it is a mockery of Central Board of Film Certification. My resignation is final. Have informed the (I&B) Secretary.” There was, however, no official word on the decision, if any, of FCAT.

The Censor Board had referred the issue of clearance to “Messenger of God” to FCAT. The film was slated to hit the screens on Friday.

Asked why she has decided to quit, she did not specifically refer to the reported clearance to the film but said the reasons cited are alleged “interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the organisation who are appointed by the ministry”.

According to Samson, “Having to manage an organisation whose Board has not met for over nine months as the ministry had no funds to permit the meeting of members.”  She said the term of all the members and the Chairperson of the Censor Board “are over. But since the new government failed to appoint a new Board and Chairperson, a few were given extension and asked to carry on till the procedure was completed”.

“However, recent cases of interference in the working of the CBFC by the ministry, through an ‘additional charge’ CEO, and corrupt panel members has caused a degradation of those values that the members of this Board of CBFC and Chairperson stood for,” Samson alleged.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Sirsa (Haryana)-based Dera Sachcha Sauda said “as per our information, FCAT has cleared the movie for release. But a written order is awaited”.

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    Jan 16, 2015 at 4:45 am
    Awesome!!!!...she approved the movie PK. Good bye! One more anti-hindu & Congress stooge gone!
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      Only Truth
      Jan 16, 2015 at 6:46 am
      Guys Relax, Don't fight n read, promising u, You won’t b disappointed #pk release is one of the best thing which happened to Hinduism. Now any movie on islam n other abrahamic religions can’t b censored easily atleast in India which had happened previously with vishwaroop fitna n many many many others. Now make short films,cartoons,blogs,articles movies etc on islam also. Remember guys, Hinduism has nothing to hide or loose. We believe in “Many ways to God”n nothing is so sacred to us that we can’t modify it, so if something is wrong,we can change evolve n modify it like caste system,fraud babas etc, as we did with sati,women education,purdah system etc. But Islam believes in Quran which is fixed,even a word can’t b changed or modified because it is word of God, n if u dont follow quran u’ll go in for eternity. Now u tell me guys,How practical in 21st century to follow things like these. *Apostates should b converted or killed or live as Dhimmis. (So, 5.5 billion apostates are in world today) *No one can draw prophet. (Are u kidding me 21st century, If u kill ppl for drawing cartoons, almost ev1 in free society will draw prophet just for the sake of ing u, And internet has made it far more safe n easy ) It may b blasphemous for my muslim brothers,but the Truth is: Internet is death for Islam n other abrahamic religions as ppl can expose them without fear of death from behind their computer screens.Historicaly, They were never open for questioning,whoever questioned them was beheaded. Islam is a 7th century consuition n way of life trying to impose itself on 21st century by every n any means. How long it cud survive? Withinn 20-50 years either Islam reform itself for modern times or else it wud hav same fate like s n communists n the slaughter wud b horrendous as islamic nations dont even have modern weaponary to fight. How “Allahu akbar” slogans will fight against modern jets submarines n nukes. Feel free to copy n share it. #PK! #AamirKhan #hkaSharma #pkdebate #charliehebdo #aamir #leela
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        Gaurav Singh
        Jan 16, 2015 at 4:50 am
        now leela sees problems with the board...but not earlier...when PK was ped with lot of appreciation...
        1. Jawahar Nehru
          Jan 16, 2015 at 3:20 am
          I am not a fan of that fraud MSG. But I am thankful to him for ejecting out this Leela Samson from Censor Board.
          1. Jawahar Nehru
            Jan 16, 2015 at 3:12 am
            This is what happens when one is appoint Priyanka hi's dance teacher. as a censor board chief..I am not a fan of this fraud MSG. But then if you can clear PK which hurt one communities sentiment, then whats the hitch in clearing this movie?
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