Pro-Pakistan slogans: Karnataka govt dismisses private lab’s FSL report alleging it favours BJP

Home Min Parameshwara says action will be taken based on govt’s FSL report

Syed Naseer Hussain (File) Karnataka Deputy CM D.K. Shivakumar (second right) with newly-elected Congress Rajya Sabha MPs Syed Naseer Hussain (from left), G.C. Chandrashekar, Ajay Makhan at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru | PTI

The Karnataka government on Monday dismissed a private lab’s FSL report regarding pro-Pakistan slogans raised in Vidhana Soudha after Rajya Sabha polls and said the proper action will be taken once it receives the forensic report from the home department.

Home Minister G. Parameshwara said, “The private organization report cannot be taken into consideration. The FSL report of the government will come out and we will take action on the forensic report of the Home Department. There is nothing to hide, we will take action according to the report," he said. On BJP accusing the government of trying to cover up the issue, “They're saying every day. We don't need to hide anything," the home minister said.

Following Rajya Sabha polls, supporters of Congress MP Syed Naseer Hussain allegedly shouted pro-Pakistan slogans in the corridors of ‘Vidhana Soudha’ after his victory in the Rajya Sabha elections, an incident which triggered a political slugfest between the ruling Congress and BJP. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had ordered an investigation by a government-run FSL to check the veracity of the allegations.

The Karnataka BJP, citing an investigation report of a private forensic science laboratory claimed "Pakistan zindabad" slogan was indeed shouted after the victory of a Congress candidate in the recently held Rajya Sabha elections.

The BJP posted on its social media handle the investigation report, prepared by Clue4 Evidence Forensic Investigations Pvt Ltd and signed by audio forensic examiner Phaneendar B.N. on behalf of city-based 'Samvada Foundation'. In his opinion, Phaneendar said the examined video of the incident is "not tampered/ doctored in between and is a result of single capture."

“The inference drawn by him is: "To the limited extent of the question in this case, being whether it was ‘Nasir Saab Zindabad' or 'Pakistan Zindabad', the above analysis indicates that it is highly probable to be 'Pakistan Zindabad'."

Minister for IT  Priyank Kharge said, “How can an RSS-backed foundation give a private company this job? Who are they to give this job to them? It is such a serious issue. They should be a little more serious about this.” Kharge said the private lab’s report was inconclusive and it was prepared purely to benefit BJP. 

-with inputs from ANI, PTI


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