CBI arrested Censor Board chief for taking bribe

The chief of Censor Board Rakesh Kumar was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today for accepting bribes. Kumar was arrested for demanding bribe of Rs 70,000 to clear a regional film. CBI secretly carried out an investigation and found the chief of Censor Borad guilty of accepting bribe.

Rakesh Kumar did not directly ask for the money. His agent was used to incur money from the film producer. CBI found agent Shripati Mishra demanding Rs. 70,000 on behalf of Mr Kumar for issuing the censor certificate for regional language movie ‘Mor Dauki Ke Bihav’. The makers wanted speedy clearance as the film slated to release on August 15.

An investigation was carried out after CBI got the complaint and on Thursday, the CBI had arrested advisory panel member Sarvesh Jaiswal and authorized agent for censor certification Shripati Mishra. Mishra acted as a mediator between the movie producers and the CBFC.

It was found the agents were paid only Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 and was rest went to Kumar. During raid last week, CBI had recovered Rs 10.5 lakh and gold jewellery from Kumar's residence in Mumbai. He has also invested money in flats in Bihar and Noida.

CBI investigation further reveal that ahead of the release of ‘Singham Returns’, director Rohit Shetty paid a visit to Kumar’s residence and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala met Kumar for speedy clearance for 'Kick'. "Unfortunately, none from the film industry has approached us with instances of Kumar demanding money," the official said.

Kumar, an Indian Railways Personnel Officer (IRPS)  joined as CEO of Central Board of Film Certification in January this year.