BJP’s Shazia Ilmi part of tribunal which hears appeals against censor board

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 10, 2016 20:34 IST
Ilmi was nominated last month by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to the FCAT. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

BJP leader Shazia Ilmi and actor Poonam Dhillon have been nominated by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which hears appeals against the decisions of the censor board.

Sources said Dhillon and Ilmi were nominated last month.

The five-member FCAT has Justice (retd) S K Mahajan as its chairman and its other members are journalist Shekhar Iyer and advocate Bina Gupta.

The two new members could be a part of the panel which would look into the issue of certification of the movie “Udta Punjab” if it comes before the Appellate Tribunal.

“The matter is currently in the Bombay High Court and whether FCAT hears issues related to the movie will depend on its order,” a source said.

The makers of “Udta Punjab” have approached the FCAT and the matter may come before it on June 17. The film was earlier slated for release on June 17.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap had earlier lashed out at censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani over the slew of changes that had been suggested by a revising committee to be made including deleting a Punjab signboard in the film.

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