CBI Files Case Over Actor Vishal’s Censor Board Bribery Claims

CBI Files Case Over Actor Vishal's Censor Board Bribery Claims

The Central Board of Film Certification has registered a case against three private persons and several unknown persons, including employees of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), for allegations that actor Vishal was forced to pay a bribe of Rs 6.5 lakh to him.

Censorship certificate for the Hindi version of the movie Mark Antony. The Hindi version of the film was released on September 28.

“It was alleged that during the month of September 2023, a private person entered a conspiracy with others to obtain a bribe of Rs.7,00,000/- & to get the required censor certificate from CBFC, Mumbai, for a movie dubbed in Hindi,” CBI said in a statement.

“It was further alleged that in furtherance of the said conspiracy, she initially demanded a bribe on behalf of CBFC Mumbai officials amounting to Rs.7,00,000/- from the Complainant and subsequently, after negotiation, she allegedly accepted Rs.6,54,000/- as bribe on behalf of CBFC Mumbai officials in two bank accounts of other two accused,” it added.

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The agency said the accused allegedly obtained ₹20,000 in her bank account from a private company. The agency conducted searches at four Mumbai places linked to the accused and others. They recovered incriminating documents.

Those booked have been identified as Merlin Menaga, Jeeja Ramdas and Rajan M.In the video, Vishal, addressing Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, “We applied for a certificate online and we had to come in last minute due to some technical issue.

But, we were taken aback by what happened at the CBFC office in Mumbai. When my person visited the office, we were allowed to pay the price of ₹6.5 lakh and get the certification the same day. We were left with no option.”

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“We were supposed to give ₹3 lakh for the screening to happen at the CBFC and another ₹3.5 lakh to get the certificate,” he said.

He said a woman told him that it was common practice that people paid ₹4 lakh when they submitted films 15 days ahead of the release date.” We had no option, and we paid the money in two installments.

If this is the case in government offices, I really request higher authorities to look into this matter,” he said.

Reacting to his allegations, the Central government had ordered a probe

“The issue of corruption in CBFC brought forth by actor Vishal is extremely unfortunate. The Government has zero tolerance for corruption, and the strictest action will be taken against anyone involved. A senior officer from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been deputed to Mumbai to conduct an inquiry today itself. We request everyone to cooperate with the Ministry by providing information about any other instance of harassment by CBFC at [email protected],” the ministry tweeted.

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