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MIB suspends CBFC CEO Rakesh Kumar

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MUMBAI: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had got a new CEO in November 2013 in Rakesh Kumar who was till then senior divisional personnel officer in the Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS).

Even though he had been appointed last year for a period of three years, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has suspended him with effect from 19 August. The reason being his alleged bribery demand for clearing movie certificates.

Last week, the central bureau of investigation (CBI) raided the CBFC office as well as Kumar’s residence and recovered cash, gold and property documents that were allegedly given for clearing movies. Subsequently he was taken under arrest and jailed. Along with Kumar, an unauthorised agent and a panel member for involvement in demanding bribes.

Children Film Society India CEO Sharavan Kumar has been given additional responsibility of handling the post of CBFC CEO in the interim.

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