After the two were arrested by the CBI, they confessed that they were acting at the behest of Kumar. Kumar is a 1997-batch Indian Railway Personnel Service officer who took charge as the board’s CEO in January this year. The CBI conducted a search at Kumar’s residence and found Rs 10.5 lakh in cash, apart from gold jewellery and property documents.
The CBI apparently had prior information about Kumar’s demanding of bribes. Kumar would allegedly delay issuing censor certificates to filmmakers unless they approached the CBFC through select agents. In the recent past, some industry professionals have also spoken about the censor board’s inconsistent rulings.
Earlier this year, filmmaker Hansal Mehta claimed the CBFC was discriminating against his film Shahid by allotting it an ‘Adult’ certificate when many other films got a more lenient treatment. He even filed an RTI query to highlight this issue. Media reports state that the CBI knows a number of top Bollywood producers who have paid bribes to get their films cleared in time.