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Singham Returns producers may be questioned in Censor Board's CEO bribe case

India TV Entertainment Desk 20 Aug 2014, 18:02:59 PM IST
India TV Entertainment Desk
New Delhi: In the latest update to CBFC's (Central Board of Films Certification) CEO Rakesh Kumar's bribery case, Ajay Devgn's ‘Singham Returns' team may be probed by CBI soon.

It may be noted that ‘Singham Returns' which has crossed Rs 100 cr mark within five days of its release, is co-produced by Rohit Shetty, Ajay Devgn and Reliance Entertainment and if the reports are to be believed then all of them might be grilled by CBI for bribing Rakesh Kumar to clear the flick.

The arrest Rakesh Kumar has come up as a big blow to the Indian film fraternity that has taken a bigger shape now.

Initially the case against Rakesh Kumar was of taking bribe for issuing the censor certificate to a regional language film from Chhattisgarh “Mor Dauki Ke Bihav”, drilling more into the matter, CBI has now come up with the names of some big wings of Bollywood who have given massive hits this year.

According to sources, CBI hasn't yet revealed all the names of these producers but divulged details saying that those four superhits of this year are in their list.

Rajiv kumar gave out some producers' name and revealed how their movies were issued certificate ‘on time', for which he took a handsome amount as bribe.

According to a leading daily, other producers of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Vidya Balan and Ajay Devgn starrer flicks (released or to-be released this year) are alleged to approach Rajiv and offer him bribe to get speedy clearances by the Censor Board.

It may be noted that this year's release at the box office are Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn's ‘Singham Returns', Vidya Balan's ‘Bobby Jasoos' produced by actress-turned-producer Dia Mirza and her fiancé Sahil Singha, Salman Khan's Kick produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Shah Rukh Khan's ‘Happy New Year' that has been produced by his wife Gauri Khan under his home productions.

 And if there is any truth to Kumar's allegation, then all these aforesaid people and their production houses might be under scanner soon.

Other than Hindi film industry, names of more than 25 producers' belonging to Marathi, Gujrati, Chhatisgadh, Punjabi and other regional film industry have been revealed by Rajiv kumar and his two associates Jaiswal and Mishra.

CBI is planning to make one more agent Krishnapalli as Approver so that the case should be tight in court of law.

CBI also got their hands on some politicians' name that are believed to be involved in approaching Rajiv Kumar and the team to give favors to some producers to pass their Censor Board license fast-but no name has come in limelight yet.

An Indian Railways Personnel Officer, Kumar joined as CEO of CBFC in January this year and the deals were made thereafter itself.