Nine Censor board members quit following Leela Samson, cite lack of autonomy

January 20, 2015 10:58 AM

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Nine Censor board members quit following Leela Samson, cite lack of autonomy

A day after Central Board of Film Certification chief Leela Samson resigned from her post citing “interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the organisation who are appointed by the ministry (Information & Broadcasting ministry)”, nine CBFC board members have put in their papers saying “it is impossible to perform this duty with even a modicum of efficacy or autonomy” given the “cavalier and dismissive manner in which the CBFC is treated by the government”.

In a strongly-worded letter sent to Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, these nine members–Ira Bhaskar, Lora Prabhu, Mamang Dai, Pankaj Sharma, Rajeev Masand, Sekharbabu Kancherla, Shaji Karun, Shubhra Gupta and T.G.Thyagarajan–have said that the “Advisory Panel co...

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