Porngate: Panel to consider legal aspects

Last Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 15:01

Bangalore: The Karnataka Legislature
committee probing the porn watching scandal would consider
"legal parameters" on summoning more MLAs who were also
alleged to have watched sleazy clippings in the Assembly
besides the three BJP members, its Chairman Shrishailappa
Bidarur said on Thursday.

Lakshman S Savadi, C C Patil and J Krishna Palemar, who
had quit as ministers after they were caught on camera
watching the porn clippings, appeared before the House panel
today and presented their side of the story.

Bidarur said the three gave their statements. "Next
meeting (of the panel) is on March 15," he said, adding he
would meet Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah tomorrow, who had
originally asked the committee to submit its report by March
13, seeking more time.

Panel member Nehru Olekar created a flutter on Sunday
when he said 8-10 more MLAs (from different parties) --
besides the three from the BJP -- had also watched the porn
clips as the CCTV footage of the Assembly showed.

Asked whether notices would be issued to those MLAs also
to appear before the panel, Bidarur said "legal parameters"
would be explored.

"Only if the legal parameters permit, we will think of it
(summoning other members)", he added.

Television footage of Assembly proceedings showed Savadi
watching the porn clips and Patil, sitting next to him, also
having a look at it, on a mobile phone of Palemar last month,
and the three had to quit the next day following a public
outrage.

The Speaker constituted a seven-member House panel,
comprising four members from BJP, two from the Congress and
one from JDS, to probe the episode, but the two opposition
parties have boycotted the committee, reducing it to a
ruling-party-only panel.

The two opposition parties have alleged that probe by the
House panel is an exercise to cover up the scandal, arguing
that there was no need for it as the three MLAs have admitted
to their actions.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 15:01

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