New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested Censor Board chief Rakesh Kumar for allegedly demanding Rs 70,000 from an agent to clear a regional film.
Mr Kumar was questioned by the CBI over the weekend and the investigators found enough prima facie evidence to suggest he had demanded the bribe, sources said. The CBI had last week arrested an agent and advisory panel member in connection with the case.
Sources said an authorised agent for censor certification had approached the CBI alleging that another agent Shripati Mishra has been demanding Rs 70,000 on behalf of Mr Kumar for issuing the censor certificate for regional language film from Chhattisgarh "Mor Dauki Ke Bihav".
After getting the complaint, the CBI laid a trap at to catch the suspects red handed, said sources. The film was not released as the arrests were made before the clearance was given.
Sources also said that producers of the film wanted an urgent certificate as the date of the release of movie was on August 15.
An Indian Railways Personnel Officer (IRPS), Mr Kumar joined as CEO of Central Board of Film Certification in January this year.