March 23, 2012

Gujarat Porngate: FSL gives clean chit to BJP MLAs

Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs, who were accused of watching porn on a Tablet PC in the Gujarat Assembly, have been given clean chit by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).

The FSL submitted its report to the Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava on Friday, which said that there were no obscene videos or pictures on the iPad belonging to MLA Shankar Chaudhary, one of the legislators accused of watching porn pictures in the House.

The FSL report would be handed over to the privilege committee of the house, which is investigating the entire issue.

According to the report, the iPad contained over 4,000 pictures and 11 video clips, but none of the pictures or clips was porn. The Tablet had been submitted to the Speaker after they were accused of viewing porn inside the House on March 21.

The Gujarat assembly had witnessed a huge uproar after MLAs Shankar Chaudhary and Jetha Bharvad were caught on a journalist's cell phone while allegedly watching porn pictures during the proceedings of the House.

The opposition had stalled the House soon after the allegation against two BJP MLAs.

Journalist Janakbhai Purohit, who had captured them on his mobile phone while watching the obscene pictures of girls, said, First they started by watching the pictures of Swami Vivekananda, then cartoons and then pictures of women".

He said that even he complained it to the Speaker but both the MLAs continued watching the pictures for more than 20 minutes.

However, Chaudhary had denied the allegations saying it as baseless. He accused that an attempt has been made to malign his image. He defended saying that the proceedings of the House are recorded in CCTV and the footage should be checked to know the fact.

Bharwad had also defended him saying he would resign if found guilty of watching porn pictures at the House.

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