A city court has ordered a police inquiry into the recent porn-watching episode in the state assembly.
The order was issued by the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate on Monday on the basis of a complaint filed by Dharampal Gowda, a city-based advocate.
On February 7, television crews had filmed cooperation minister Lakshmana V Savadi watching a pornographic clip on a cellphone and women and child development minister CC Patil peeping in during a discussion in the House. The phone and the MMS clip was allegedly supplied by ports minister Krishna J Palemar. The three resigned the next day and Speaker K G Bopaiah issued them a showcause notice.
In his petition, Gowda said not only did the three former ministers show their contempt of the assembly, the sending of the MMS clip to Patil’s phone also indicated the involvement of outsiders. He appealed to the court that a police probe be ordered to detect the outsiders involved.
The three former ministers have also committed a serious offence under Sections 292 and 294 of IPC, which comes under the purview of the metropolitan court, Gowda said.
The ministers, meanwhile, sought a week's time to file reply to the showcause notices issued by the Speaker. The reply was to be submitted on Monday.
Once the reply is received, a seven-member House panel, comprising four members from the BJP, two from the Congress and one from JDS, would be formed to conduct an inquiry into the issue. The panel will have to submit a report to the Speaker by March 12, which will be later placed in the assembly.
The Congress and the JDS had argued there was no need for a house panel and demanded the immediate disqualification of the trio. But the Speaker had said he has to ensure the principle of natural justice.