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Odisha: Congress MLA suspended for ‘watching porn’ in House

A Congress legislator was suspended from the Odisha assembly for a week on Tuesday after a private news channel showed footage of him scrolling his smart phone and alleged that he was watching an obscene video inside the House on Monday.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2015 15:20 IST
Priya Ranjan Sahu
Odisha Assembly

A Congress legislator was suspended from the Odisha assembly for a week on Tuesday after a private news channel showed footage of him scrolling his smart phone and alleged that he was watching an obscene video inside the House on Monday.

Speaker Niranjan Pujari suspended MLA Naba Kishore Das after ruling BJD legislators demanded his dismissal when the House met on Tuesday.

Das denied the allegation and accused the Speaker of adopting an unfair decision as he didn’t allow him to clarify his position.

Incidentally, Das was supposed to move a privilege motion during the day against chief minister Naveen Patnaik for allegedly giving wrong information to his questions on the home department.

The Speaker referred the matter to the ethics committee of the assembly.

He said Das lowered the dignity of the House if he had indeed watched any obscene video when it was in session. “He is suspended for seven days … Further action will be taken after the ethics committee submits its report.”

Opposition parties, including the Congress and BJP, protested the Speaker’s decision and staged a walkout when he did not heed to their pleas to reconsider the suspension.

Calling the ruling “undemocratic”, veteran Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said: “If it is misconduct, then it is beyond the dignity of the House. But before somebody is hanged, the principle of natural justice demands he be heard.”

BJP legislator KV Singhdeo said the Speaker held Das guilty without even hearing him out.

An upset Das called the Speaker’s decision “sheer injustice” as he was not allowed to present his case. “I can emphatically say that my mobile phone does not contain any obscene material,” he said.

The assembly witnessed uproarious scenes after BJD legislator Pramila Mallick demanded Das’s dismissal from the House. “Instead of raising the issues of his area, Das was watching porn in the House. It has lowered the image of the House,” she said.

This is the second allegation of legislators watching porn in state assemblies. In 2012, two BJP ministers in Karnataka — Lakshman Savdi and CC Patil — were allegedly caught watching porn clips on a mobile phone in the assembly. Patil was the minister for women and child development.

The ministers were allegedly caught in the act when the House was debating an incident in Bijapur district where the Pakistani flag was unfurled.