SC notice to CBFC, Centre on plea against films’ pre-censorship (Lead)

The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Central government and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on a plea by the veteran actor Amol Palekar challenging pre-censorship of the films by the board.

A bench of Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan sought response as the veteran film actor contended that in the age of internet and social media, the existing set of rules providing for pre-censorship for the film have to undergo change.

Seeking directions for implementation of Shyam Benegal committee recommendations, Palekar has contended that the censor board does not have any qualification for its members.

Also seeking a revamp of the Cinematography Act, 1952 and the censor board, the petition says that the contents that are uploaded on social media are free from pre-censorship but those very things attract alternation, deletion or cuts when it comes to films.