Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) official from Kerala, Pratibha faced the harsh face of RSS as suddenly on 5th of January she was transferred out of her post just before the end of her tenure.
Her tenure was supposed to end in October this year. This happened just days after when the kerala CBFC denied the certificate to a pro-RSS film named 21 Months Of Hell. She assumed her office in October 2014.
Pratibha filed a petition in Ernakulam branch of the Central Administrative Tribunal in which she stated that she was removed from the post months before her tenure which ideally end only in October 2018. She was appointed in 2014 for a period of four years.
Deputy Director of Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, V Parvathy replaced the former. In her petition, Pratibha alleged that the move of directing me to assist Parvathy is ‘illegal’ and ‘arbitrary’ as she is ‘very much junior’ to me.
There is criticism everywhere in kerala of the transfer order as it came right after she refused to certify film which is pro- RSS. Film Critics questioned why no action were taken against Pratibha in past when she refused to certify films like Ka Bodyscapes, Kathakali.
However BJP President Kummanam Rajasekharan said, “The censor board in Kerala and some of its members have taken the stand that permission cannot be given to the documentary that portrays RSS heroically. It is interesting that such a thing happened even when a campaign is being unleashed that those who oppose the RSS are silenced during the Modi regime.”
The film is based on the torture methods used by cops during the Emergency in India. Directed by Yadu Vijayakrishnan. Speaking to TNM, the director earlier alleged that he was not even given the option of cutting scenes that the panel found objectionable, before his film was rejected.
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