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Censor board CEO sent to CBI custody till Aug 22

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 19, 2014
First Published: 20:00 IST(19/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:58 IST(19/8/2014)

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court, on Tuesday, remanded Rakesh Kumar, CEO of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), in police custody till August 22 in connection with the alleged bribery case.

"There is a deeper conspiracy and further interrogation is needed to know the modus operandi involved in issuing certificates to movies," said Om Prakash, CBI counsel, while arguing for seven-day custody.

On August 14, an authorised agent and a member of the censor board advisory panel were caught while allegedly accepting Rs70,000 as bribe to to issue a censor certificate "Mor Dauki Ke Bihav", a regional film from Chhatisgarh. CBI officials had found the two accepting the bribe on behalf of Kumar.

Harshad Ponda, the defence counsel, said, "There is a procedure for issuing certificates to movies. A five-member committee is involved. It is not his [Kumar's] decision alone."

Further, terming the statements by the two people arrested earlier as false, Ponda said, "Just because he was against 'certain' people, he has been arrested."

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