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Da Vinci on hold for another day

Last updated on: May 17, 2006 20:54 IST

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, watched the controversial film, The Da Vinci Code, at Mahadev Auditorium in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

Speaking to newsmen, the minister said, "I invited a few friends from a particular community to watch it too, and they will give me their inputs by tomorrow afternoon."

He did make it clear, however, that the Government of India would not interfere with the final decision taken by the Censor Board. The Board is expected to meet on Thursday and take a final decision later that evening.

Dasmunsi also said, "Whenever there is a film related to the sentiments of a particular community, and requires sensitivity in social matters, the Censor Board invites experts for their opinion. This does not mean the Board has become redundant."

Meanwhile, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) has filed a petition at the Bombay High Court seeking action against Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore for clearing Da Vinci Code.

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With inputs from PTI

Onkar Singh in New Delhi