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Mar 19, 2012 at 07:12pm IST

Karnataka porngate: No proof against BJP MLAs, says panel

Bangalore: The Karnataka Assembly committee investigating the porngate allegedly involving three former state ministers has reportedly found no evidence against the legislators. The Committee submitted its final report to Assembly Speaker KG Bopaiah.

The report, to be tabled in the Assembly during the session, says that there is no evidence against two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs CC Patil and J Krishna Palemar while the third MLAs Lakshman S Savadi, also from the BJP, has already apologised to the committee.

Savadi has also been summoned to the floor of the House and asked to apologise.

No proof against MLAs in K'taka porngate: Panel

Three former ministers were caught by a private TV channel watching porn on their mobile phones inside the Assembly.

Savadi, Patil and Palemar were caught by a private TV channel watching porn on their mobile phones while proceedings were on in the Assembly on February 7. All the three, who were ministers in the state cabinet, were forced to resign after the clip was aired.

Chairman of the Legislature Committee Shrishailappa Bidarur said that eight to ten other legislators had also watched sleazy clips in the Assembly. But the committee did not summon the other MLAs with Bidarur pointing out that the panel's terms of reference concerned "about only these three people".

The Assembly Speaker had 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 opposition had boycotted the committee alleging the move is an exercise to cover up the scandal.

The have maintained that there was no need for probe as the three MLAs have admitted to their actions.

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