30 Jan 2021: Karnataka Congress MLC Prakash Rathod caught watching porn during session
Karnataka Congress leader and Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Prakash Rathod was allegedly caught browsing pornographic content on his mobile phone in the Karnataka Vidhan Parishad on Friday, said reports.
He was caught on camera scrolling through the obscene content during the Legislative Council proceedings. He was reportedly participating in the ongoing seven-day legislature session.
Rathod has, however, denied the allegations.
Video: In a video, Rathod was seen scrolling through some visuals
In a video, which was also reportedly broadcast on some local news channels, Rathod could be seen scrolling through some obscene content in the gallery of his mobile phone.
However, the Congress leader denied watching any pornographic content and claimed he was only looking for some information stored on his phone for a question to be posed to the government during the Question Hour.
Fact: 'I don't know what the media is showing'
Rathod said, "I was looking for information. As there were too many messages, I was deleting a few as my phone storage was full." Denying the allegations, he added, "I don't know what the media is showing."
Details: 'Was scrolling and deleting some content to clear phone memory'
Rathod said he wasn't watching any obscene content, adding he had listed a question that was sent to members of the House on their phones or computers.
"I was checking for the download on my mobile phone when I noticed that the device was clogged and hence, I was scrolling and deleting some content to clear phone memory," he added.
Statement: Channels mischievously claiming I was watching porn: Rathod
"The TV channel took the visuals and has been mischievously claiming that I was watching porn inside the House," Rathod said.
He also said the media houses should stop broadcasting the defamatory content, adding he will file a defamation case if they fail to do so. He further said he will be contacting his lawyers and also hold a media briefing on Saturday.
Previous incidents: Earlier, three Karnataka ministers were removed for watching porn
To note, Rathod isn't the first Karnataka lawmaker who has been caught allegedly watching porn in the Vidhan Soudha.
In 2012, three ministers—J Krishna Palemar, CC Patil, and Lakshman Savadi—were allegedly caught watching an obscene video in Savadi's phone inside the House. They were dropped from the Cabinet and the incident became a major embarrassment for the then Sadananda Gowda-led BJP government.