The former Minister Laxman Savadi, who is accused of watching a pornographic video on a mobile phone in the Legislative Assembly, has reportedly apologised for bringing the phone into the House in violation of the rules.

Mr. Savadi, who appeared the before the Legislative Assembly Committee probing the episode, on Thursday, is believed to have claimed that he was trying to watch visuals of the rave that took place on St. Mary's Island off the Udupi coast in February, and handed over a pen drive containing a video of the rave to buttress his contention.

The former Minister C.C. Patil, who also appeared before the committee, said he, as a Minister in charge of Gadag district, went and sat next to Mr. Savadi to seek support price for onion farmers of the district who were facing a tough time. “The moment I looked into his phone, I suggested to him to turn off the video, got up and walked away. I sat next to him barely for a few seconds,” is the explanation Mr. Patil is believed to have given the committee.

The former Minister J. Krishna Palemar is believed to have defended himself by contending that he had turned off his mobile and kept it with him in the House.

He denied forwarding sleazy videos to other members of the House from his mobile, a member of the committee said. Committee chairperson Shrishailappa Bidarur refused to discuss the proceedings of the hearing and said the committee would submit its final report before March 20.

  • Savadi apologises for taking mobile inside the House

  • Palemar says he switched off his mobile