New Delhi: After Leela Samson quit as the chief of the Censor Board, a new team of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) members has been formed, as per reports on Monday.
The new members appointed with immediate effect include George Baker, Mihir Bhuta, S. Ve Shekhar, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Ashok Pandit, Syed Abdul Bari, Jeevitha, Vanio Tripathi Tikoo, Ramesh Patange with Pahlaj Nihalani appointed as the new CBFC chief, the ministry of information and broadcasting announced Monday.
"The Central Government is pleased to appoint Pahlaj Nihalani as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from Jan 19, 2015 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier," read a statement.
Nihalani has produced films like `Shola Aur Shabnam` and `Andaz` in the past.
After Samson cited interference and corruption as the sole reason for her resignation from the coveted post, nine other CBFC members too opted for resigning in support of the former chief.
Reportedly, the whole controversy erupted after self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's film 'MSG—Messenger Of God' was given a green signal by the Film Certification Apellate Tribunal (FCAT) on Friday for release. The Censor Board had earlier decided to refer the decision related to the clearance of the film in question to the FCAT.
The CBFC members had claimed that the "advisory panel continues to be filled up with people of questionable credentials appointed directly by the ministry, without taking the board's recommendations into account."
(With Agency inputs)