Kerala

Kerala regional officer of CBFC removed

Close on the heels of the regional office of the Central Board of Film Certification denying certification to a documentary said to be glorifying the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)’s role in fighting the Emergency, the Regional Officer A.Prathibha has been removed from that position.

Speaking to The Hindu, Ms.Prathibha said the order was arbitrary and she had legally challenged the move.

“I took charge as the censor officer here in 2014. My term extends up to the fag end of 2018. This order, removing me from the position, is arbitrary. No reasons have been cited. I have already moved legally against this. Four other regional officers had been removed in the same manner. Two of them have already secured stay orders against it,” she said.

The Kerala regional office had recently denied censor certificate to the documentary 21 Days of Hell, which explores the torture methods used by the police during the Emergency as well as about the involvement of RSS workers in the struggle against the Emergency.

Bharatiya Janata Party State president Kummanam Rajasekharan had protested against the regional censor board decision to deny censor certificate to the documentary. He had said that the the board decided to deny certificate since it was about the Sangh’s fight.

Ms.Prathibba said it was unfair to hold the censor officer responsible for decisions regarding certification.

“I am not sure if this decision is connected to decisions regarding certification of a particular movie. It is anyway unfair to hold the censor officer responsible. The decisions on certifications are made by censor board members, while the officer only signs off on their decision,” she said.

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