New Delhi: Congress leader Prakash Rathod was left red-faced after he was caught watching obscene clips on his mobile phone in the Karnataka legislative council. Though the videos captured by camerapersons showed that the leader was watching porn, he, however, defended himself saying that he was deleting ‘unwanted clips’ from his phone.Also Read - Karnataka Records Over 50,000 New COVID Cases, Bengaluru Contributes More Than Half | 10 Points

“I was not watching any objectionable video, I was trying to get messages regarding question I asked in Karnataka Legislative Council to the Rural Development Minister. The storage in my phone was full, so I was deleting some messages. It is far from truth and I totally deny that I watched anything objectionable”, Rathod defended himself. Also Read - Bengaluru Schools Reopening: Karnataka Govt to Take Call on January 29, Says Education Minister

This is not the first time that Karnataka leaders have been caught red-handed watching porn inside Vidhana Parishad. In 2012, BJP MLA Laxman Savadi was caught watching a porn clip on his phone in the state assembly along with another minister, CC Patil. Also Read - Weekend Curfew Ends In Karnataka, Night Restrictions Continue | Read Latest Guidelines

Savadi, who is now the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, had denied watching obscene clip saying that he was “watching the footage to prepare for a discussion on the ill-effects of a rave party”.

Yediyurappa’s decision on the inclusion of Savadi was questioned by his close aide BJP MLA MP Renukacharya. “What was the necessity or urgency to induct him (Laxman Savadi) as a minister even though he lost the election?” Renukacharya had asked.