Porngate: Gujarat Cong questions FSL report

Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 23:36

Ahmedabad: The Opposition Congress on Friday questioned the credibility of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report that gave a clean chit to the two BJP legislators
accused of watching porn on a tablet device in the Assembly.

The party also raised doubts over the authenticity
of the iPad given to the FSL here for scrutiny, saying the
device could have been changed and alleged the report was
prepared "in the Chief Minister`s office at his instructions".

MLAs Shankar Chaudhary and Jetha Bharwad had come
under scanner after a journalist with a vernacular newspaper
on March 20 complained to the Speaker that the two were
watching sleazy pictures during House proceedings.

Hours after the report was read out in the House by
Speaker Ganpat Vasava, Gujarat Congress President Arjun
Modhvadia challenged the FSL finding and the lab`s
credibility.

He also found fault with the Speaker`s act of
reading out the report`s conclusions in the Assembly when the
Privilege Committee was probing the matter.

"We were opposed to the iPad being scrutinised by the
FSL here. We wanted the CFSL (Central Forensic Science Lab) to
look into it," Modhvadia told reporters here.

"Also, there is a distinct possibility that the iPad
might have been changed as there was more than 24-hour gap
between the incident being reported and the device being
impounded by the Speaker," he added.

The Congress leader questioned the credibility of the
city-based FSL. "There have been incidents in the past when
the FSL had been accused of concealing information like in the
case of SIT (in Ishrat encounter)."

Modhvadia alleged the FSL report was prepared in the
Chief Minister`s office at his instructions.

The Congress also distributed to the media copies of a
CD which it claimed contained video of Bharwad allegedly
watching obscene pictures in the House. Modhvadia said the
party had received this CD from unknown sources.

On Vasava`s conduct, Modhvadia said, "The FSL report
ought to have been given to the Privilege Committee looking
into the matter but it is unfortunate that the Speaker
disclosed its content in the Assembly which is against the
rules of the House."

He said that since the Constitution has given the Speaker
comprehensive immunity, Chief Minister Narendra
Modi was "using him to fulfil his own political goals".

Modhvadia questioned senior BJP leaders over allowing
Modi to use different yardstick to assess similar deeds.

The GPCC chief gave the example of alleged sex CD of
BJP leader Sanjay Joshi following which he was compelled to
resign as General Secretary in 2005.

"Now that a similar thing is being repeated in Gujarat
why does not the BJP high command ask Modi to dismiss the two
MLAs? Is it because Modi happens to be their big fund
manager?," Modhvadia asked.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 23:36

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