Chandrakant Babu Kavelkar- Goa Deputy Chief Minister is now under scrutiny as the opposition accused the minister of sending porn clips to a WhatsApp group of social activists. The Minister on the other hand has filed a police complaint alleging that his phone was hacked and that the messages were sent from his phone to the group after midnight on Sunday.
In his complaint to the cyber police, Kavlekar said that he was “nowhere near the phone” and was fast asleep during the time frame of the SMS. He added that some miscreants had sent the video with obscene content to a WhatsApp group entitled “Villages of Goa.” According to Kavlekar, the video was “intentionally masked in my name with some criminal intention.”
According to the Deputy Chief Minister the video was sent to only one of the many groups that he is a part of. He alleged that “the time when this message was sent, I was nowhere near the phone and I was fast asleep. There have been many such attempts in the recent history to defame my name and project a wrong image of me in front of the public.”
In the letter to the police, the minister demanded strong action against all the miscreants and unscrupulous individuals who had “criminally hacked/tampered,” with his phone and uploaded the obscene material.
The opposition parties were also fast to react to the incident and even went to the police against him. A complaint was also filed by the Goa Congress accusing Kavlekar of posting the vulgar video to the WhatsApp group at 1:20 am on Monday.
A women’s unit of the Goa Forward Party also called for an FIR against him and said that the minister knew the video was “completely lascivious” in nature containing sexually explicit content. However, he (Kavlekar) still went ahead and shared it on a public group, alleged the unit.
In 2019, Kavlekar switched from the Congress to the BJP and was even rewarded with the number two post in the government instead of Goa Forward Party’s Vijai Sardesai.