Aug 19, 2014 8:28 AM

India's film censor arrested for alleged bribery

The Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) Police say they have arrested the head of India's film censorship board for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for speeding up the approval of a film.

Police said a court in Mumbai charged the head of the Central Board of Film Certification, Rakesh Kumar, on Tuesday.

Investigators arrested two other men last week after setting up a sting operation in which the suspects allegedly sought 70,000 rupees, or about $1,150, on Kumar's behalf.

Indian cinema is strictly censored, with graphic violence, sex and swearing mostly banned.

Getting a film certified can be a slow process, and bribes are believed to be relatively common in the $3 billion Bollywood film industry to speed things along.


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