Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihlani on 16 June rubbished all the allegations of the board leaking the copy of Udta Punjab online two days ahead of the movie's release.
While speaking to the media Nihalani said, "This is baseless, we abide by rules,"
He added, "Whenever we screen a film for the certification process, the producer brings DCP or any other arrangements preferred with him. We never had the possession of the entire film. Copy given to CBFC is different from that was leaked online."
A large part of the controversial film was leaked online on 15 June, giving its co-producers the feeling that the movie was being sabotaged by the CBFC.
The Abhishek Chaubey-directorial, which has been in the news for the makers' run-in with the CBFC, was available on torrent websites for illegal download.
However, soon the download links were "removed due to a copyright complaint".
Udta Punjab, a drug-themed film, has just emerged from a court war between the filmmakers and the CBFC, which had refused to release the movie without multiple cuts. However, the Bombay High Court verdict allowed the release with just a single cut.
--With PTI inputs