After I&B minister Arun Jaitley said that the government maintains an “arm’s length distance” from functioning of the Censor Board, Cabinet Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the body has to be blamed and not the government.
Speaking to ANI, Naidu said: “If there is something wrong in Censor Board, they have to blame themselves. How can new government be responsible?”
He further went on to say that Censor Board was politicised during UPA rule and new government didn’t interfere at all.
Following Leela Samson’s resignation as the CBFC chief, nine more people followed suit citing interference and corruption from the government as the sole reason for resignation.
Reportedly, the whole controversy erupted after self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s film ‘MSG—Messenger Of God’ was given a green signal by the Film Certification Apellate Tribunal (FCAT) on Friday for release. The Censor Board had earlier decided to refer the decision related to clearance to the film in question to the FCAT.