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Bribe scan on censor board chief

New Delhi, Aug. 14 (PTI): The CEO of the Central Board of Film Certification has come under the CBI’s scanner for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 70,000 for clearing a Chhattisgarh film.

CBI sources said an authorised agent for the censor board had approached the agency alleging that another agent, Shripati Mishra, had demanded the bribe on behalf of censor board head Rakesh Kumar to clear Mor Dauki Ke Bihav, whose producers wanted a certificate urgently as the film was to release on August 15.

Kumar, a former railway official, had joined as the censor board CEO in January.

After receiving the complaint, the CBI laid traps at a number of locations.

“Mishra was trapped while demanding and accepting Rs 70,000 on behalf of Rakesh Kumar, CEO, CBFC. Sarvesh Jaiswal, advisory panel member, CBFC, Mumbai, was also nabbed while accepting the bribe on behalf of Kumar. Both these accused are arrested and will be produced in court in due course of time,” a CBI official privy to the searches said.

The CBI spokesperson said searches were going on at various locations, including the residences and official premises of the trio.