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MSG Cleared For Release by FCAT

by Murtaza Rangwala
‘Messenger Of God’ aka ‘MSG’ is a film by spiritual leader and Dera Saccha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who is in lead role as well. Recently the movie had faced some clearance issues from the censor board, the reason of refusal from the censor board was that in the film Ram Rahim is depicting himself as a God, curing people and beating goons.

Now, in the latest update from Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), MSG has been cleared for release in the nation and adding more masala to the story, Censor Board chief Leela Samson on Thursday said she has decided to resign from her post.

Asked if she was aware of media reports that the nod has been given by FCAT to the film’s screening, Samson told PTI that “I hear so. Nothing in writing yet. Yet, it is a mockery of Central Board of Film Certification. My resignation is final. Have informed the (I&B) secretary”.

The Censor Board had referred the issue of clearance to “Messenger of God” to FCAT. The film was slated to hit the screens on Friday.

Asked why she has decided to quit, she did not specifically refer to the reported clearance to the film but said the reasons cited are alleged “interference, coercion and corruption of panel members and officers of the organization who are appointed by the ministry.”

According to Samson, “…having to manage an organization whose Board has not met for over nine months as the ministry had no funds to permit the meeting of members.”

She said the term of all the members and the chairperson of the Censor Board “are over. But since the new government failed to appoint a new Board and Chairperson, a few were given extension and asked to carry on till the procedure was completed.”

“However, recent cases of interference in the working of the CBFC by the ministry, through an ‘additional charge’ CEO, and corrupt panel members has caused a degradation of those values that the members of this board of CBFC andcChairperson stood for,” Samson alleged.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Sirsa (Haryana)-based Dera Sachcha Sauda said “as per our information, FCAT has cleared the movie for release. But a written order is awaited.”

Now this being cleared, are you keen on watching MSG lately?
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