Bangalore : After a minister was caught on camera watching pornographic clips and video inside Karnataka Assembly, the minister along with his resignation letter, has issued the following statement :
“I am from an honest family and a responsible father. I am pained at reports appearing in the media suggesting I watched pornographic film in the Assembly when discussions about drought conditions were in progress. In fact, before I entered the Assembly, I received a series of mails from an unknown email id stating they have shocking pictures of women indulging in flesh trade as drought conditions have driven them to despair. This is similar to the Andaman & Nicobar islands episode, the mail message warned. So when the Assembly session was on, I wanted to bring to the notice of the august House the horrible condition of women in drought-hit areas. But to my utter shock, when I opened the attachment, I found women without dress. As these women looked like foreigners, I also shared the videos with my colleagues to get their clarification on whether they looked like foreigners. I am very happy to tell you that my colleagues concurred with my suspicion that they were foreigners without dress.
I want to clarify that I did not want to bring disrepute to the House or the government and suspect sabotage by forces bent upon destabilizing the government. This government under the Chief Minister is bringing a lot of welfare schemes aimed at uplifting the poor and downtrodden. I have asked the Chief Minister to order a probe into this episode and have also told him that a fact-finding mission should be sent to drought-hit areas to ascertain whether women are indulging in flesh trade for livelihood. The Chief Minister has promised to look into the matter. I hereby declare that any newspaper indulging in damaging reports like this will be sued in the court of law. I request the media to act and report responsibly.
Finally, I want to submit that the quality of video recording was very poor. That is the reason why I played the clip several times to see the subject matter better.”
`Tenali Rama Reports’ has learnt that the government is considering a probe on the angle of sabotage suggested by the Minister. Terrorist organizations, such as Indian Mujahideen, which usually send mails about bomb blasts are under the scanner and suspects arrested in connection with Bangalore blast case may be questioned in connection with this episode.
Meet anyone in Bangalore and this scandal is being discussed. A private secretary to a minister told this correspondent that “a leading Hollywood director has enquired asking for the video to be used in his upcoming film.” As part of the probe, the videos will be scrutinised and there is reportedly a scramble to a member on that inquiry committee.
(Contributed by Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy)