The Censor Board has decided to refer the decision related to clearance to film 'Messenger of God', featuring Dera Saccha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, to the Film Certification Apellate Tribunal (FCAT).
Officials said a review committee of the Board took the decision unanimously today. "It has been unanimously decided to refer the film to the tribunal FCAT," CBFC chairperson Leela Samson told .
The movie was slated to hit the screens on January 16 amidst reports that its screening may evoke protests from some quarters.
The Home Ministry has been watching the situation as there were inputs related to possible tense situations arising as certain Sikh organisations have been opposing the movie.
The Home Ministry had sent an advisory to states that 'Messenger of God' is likely to be released on Friday.
"Various Sikh organisations and individuals are opposing the movie on the ground that its release would disturb the communal harmony and law and order. They also opine that glorification of DSS chief, facing serious criminal cases, should not be allowed," the advisory said.
The Home Ministry said tension between DSS followers and Sikhs always remain a potential flash point in view of ongoing rivalry between Sikhs and the Dera followers.