Joint panel to probe porngate

A Joint House Committee comprising members of the Congress, JD(S) and BJP will be constituted to look into the porngate episode. 

Speaker K G Bopaiah said here on Friday that the committee, to be constituted on February 14, will have four members from the BJP, two from Congress and one from the JD(S) and the chairperson of the Legislative Council. The committee should submit the report on or before March 12.

The inquiry committee has the powers to adopt its own procedure, and all documents pertaining to this incident – notices, replies and evidences  - will be forwarded to the committee. “I will use my discretionary powers only if need be,” the Speaker said. 

He said the Opposition parties were falsely claiming that they had not been consulted on the decision to form the committee. 

“They have attended four meetings and agreed to be part of the committee,” the Speaker said. The panel will be the fourth inquiry committee formed by the Assembly in the last two years. Three similar committees were formed in 2009 and 2010 following unruly behaviour by members of the House.

Admitting that he was upset by the incident, Bopaiah said: “I have been hurt by the developments, and yes, the thought of resigning has crossed my mind. I am a farmer and an advocate first, and then a politician.”  

CM loses sleep over scandalThe porngate episode seems to have taken a toll on  the chief minister’s health.  Gowda, known for his trademark smile, looked very tired and exhausted on Friday morning at an event.  

Speaking to presspersons, he said he was not keeping well as he has not had a good sleep in the last two days. At the Bowring and Lady Curzon hospital, he underwent abdomen scanning and various other health checkups.  Doctors  said the chief minister is  needed rest.  

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