Bangalore: Allowing TV channels to cover the legislature proceedings from the visitors' gallery cost the BJP government in Karnataka dear, as video cameras caught its two ministers watching porn in the Assembly. The state legislature secretariat, which for security reasons banned video and photo journalists from covering the proceedings from the margins of the house, however, allowed them to record the current 10-day session from the visitors' gallery on the first floor of the Vidhana Soudha.
Video journalists of two-three Kannada news channels, covering the proceedings from a vantage point in the gallery, noticed ministers Laxman Savadi and CC Patil glued to a mobile handset and zoomed their cameras to focus on what they were viewing.
A close look and replay of the video footage showed the duo sitting together and watching sleaze on a mobile handset belonging to fellow minister J Krishna Palemar. All three have now quit their ministerial positions. Use of cell phones is prohibited in the state legislature when the assembly and the council are in session. Mobile jammers inside in the monolithic building, however, have not been working due to a snag that remained unattended for weeks by the secretariat staff....more
12:17 PM, Feb 10, 2012