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Govt refutes Samson's charges of coercion, interference

With Samson deciding to resign amid a row over controversial film 'Messenger of God', Minister of State (MoS) for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said his ministry has always “kept a hands away distance” from the Censor Board decisions. He also said that if evidence was provided that any particular member had been coerced, the government would take appropriate action.

“We have respected the Censor Board all along. Infact when the issue of the previous film came up, we respected the decision of the Censor Board. We kept a hands away distance from its decisions,” Rathore said. Asked whether she was aware about news reports that the appellate film certification tribunal has cleared the film 'Messenger of God', Samson had said last night, “I hear so. Nothing in writing yet. It is a mockery of CBFC. My resignation is final. Have informed (I&B) secretary.”  She had stated the the decision to quit was taken because of “recent cases of interference”, “coercion and corruption of panel members and officers” of the Censor Board.
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