Private TV channels not to be banned in Karnataka House

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Bangalore, Feb 17: Reacting to rumours that the state government is planning to start an exclusive channel to cover legislature proceedings, Karnataka Law Minister Suresh Kumar on Friday, Jan 17 made it clear that there will be no ban on private TV channels covering live proceedings of the state legislature.

Rumours came at a time when Porngate scandal broke out in Karnataka state assembly where three ministers - CC Patil, Lakshmana Savadi and Krishna Palemar were caught on camera watching sleazy video clip on mobile phone. Later, the ministers had resigned on Wednesday, Feb 8 following the row.

Meanwhile, sources from state assembly secretariat said that state government is planning to start a TV channel similar to Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Channels to cover live proceedings of legislature and other government discussion, but the project is on hold as it would require at least Rs 25 crore.

Moreover, Home minister R Ashoka said that the decision on the matter will be taken after discussing with the speaker of the state legislature assembly.

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