CBI files case against 4 others for alleged corruption against artist Leela Samson

 CBI files case against 4 others for alleged corruption against artist Leela Samson

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case of corruption and criminal conspiracy against Leela Samson, a Bharatanatyam dancer and former director of the Kalakshetra Foundation and four others, for alleged irregularities in the renovation of the Kootthamal auditorium in Chennai by four other officials on Saturday said. .


The case was filed in May 2017 on a complaint filed by the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Ministry of Culture alleging that there was an "unaccountable expenditure" of Rs 7.02 crore on the renovation.

Renovation work orders were awarded at a higher rate through the Consultant Architect Messrs. Card (Center for Architectural Research and Design) without adhering to the General Financial Rules, 2005.

Leela Samson served as the 12th president of the Sangeet Natak Akademi appointed by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in August 2010.

But he resigned from his post in September 2014, a year before the end of his term, speculating that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government did not give him a free hand to function.

Samson was also the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, taking up the role in March 2011. The Appellate Film Certification Tribunal left Dera Sacha Sauda leader Ram Rahim in January 2015, despite a film on Messenger of God. CBFC is not approving it.

His resignation created a sense of solidarity among many members.

Samson, a Padma Shri as well as recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, trained under the famous Rukmini Devi Arunadale at Kalakshetra.

It degenerated the institution which was declared an institution of national importance and has been under the Ministry of Culture as an autonomous organization for seven years since 2005.

He also wrote Arunadale's biography, Rukmini Devi - A Life, and a teaching stint at London's Royal Opera House.

He had to withdraw from the foundation in 2012 after allegations of irregularities surfaced.

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