Probe committee on Karnataka porngate scandal meets

A Karnataka BJP minister watching a porn clip inside the Assembly
Bangalore, Feb 29: The Karnataka Legislative assembly Committee probing the porngate episode involving three former BJP ministers on Wednesday began its three-day sitting, amid continued boycott by Congress and JDS members, saying it would try to submit its report by the March 13 deadline set by the Speaker.

Four members of the committee, now reduced to an all BJP panel, led by Srishailappa Bidarur, discussed various issues to be brought under the purview of the inquiry.

A representative of a regional television channel which telecast footage of the three ministers Lakshman Savadi, CC Patil and Krishna Palemar watching the porno clippings on mobile phones was summoned before the committee on Wednesday.

Later speaking to reporters, Bidarur said the committee will deliberate tomorrow on the replies given by the three former ministers to the show cause notice issued to them by Speaker KG Bopaiah over the porn watching episode.

"The committee will later decide on issuing notices to the three seeking their appearance before the panel," he said.

"We discussed all issues relevant to the probe. We cannot disclose them. We will make efforts to complete the task and submit report by March 13 as per the deadline set by the Speaker," he said.

SR Vishwanath, Nehru Olekar and Suresh Gowda, the other members of the committee were present.

The committee has also written to regional channels to provide video footage aired by them on the incident.

"I have not received the resignation letters of Congress members and JDS member," Bidarur said.

Congress's HC Mahadevappa, Amaregowda Bayyapura and JDS member Dinakar Setty have quit the seven member panel.

Savadi, Patil and Palemar quit the ministry on February 8, a day after they were caught watching porn clippings in the assembly.


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