Pvt channels to be banned from Assembly

The State government is seriously contemplating a ban on live telecast of Assembly proceedings by private television channels, Law and Parliamentary S Suresh Kumar has said.

“It is appropriate that we follow the procedure adopted by the Lok Sabha - a government owned channel recording the proceedings and sharing clippings with private channels. The Union government too has issued a guidelines on the proposal,” the minister said here on Monday. Suresh Kumar said the arrangement, though involves huge costs, is not impossible. The proposal will be acted upon after thorough deliberations, he added.

The proposal comes after private channels aired footages of three ministers watching porn in the Assembly, last week.

The minister said porngate has caused much embarrassment to the government, which otherwise was running the administration smoothly. The Speaker will take a suitable decision on disqualifying the ‘tainted’ legislators after the House committee submits its report.

Denies comments

In a press release issued in Bangalore, Suresh Kumar has denied passing adverse comments on the letter written by Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Vikramajit Sen to the State government on the appointment of Justice Chandrashekaraiah as Upa Lokayukta. 

“I have not made any comments that would show disrespect to the Chief Justice. I have only said that the government had followed the rules in the appointment of the Upa Lokayukta,” he stated in the release.

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