New Delhi:  JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addresses a news conference at the JNU campus in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore (PTI3_4_2016_000200 B)
New Delhi: JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar addresses a news conference at the JNU campus in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore (PTI3_4_2016_000200 B)

For airing doctored videos of slogans raised in JNU.

New Delhi : Three television channels that have been accused of allegedly airing doctored footage of slogans raised in JNU on February 9 are likely to face legal action to be initiated by the Delhi government. This footage was the basis of the sedition charge levelled against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Kumar”s release on bail last week for a period of six months almost coincided with the report of a magisterial enquiry ordered by the Delhi government.

The report had inferred that out of seven videos sent to a Hyderabad-based forensic lab, three were doctored, including one clipping of a news channel. Two videos were “manipulated” where voices of persons not present in the clippings were added. The Delhi government probe also did not find any evidence of Kanhaiya Kumar raising anti-India slogans at the controversial event in the university. The entire case against Kumar has been built on this video evidence with the charge being that he raised anti-national slogans.

However, the magisterial probe did observe that anti-national slogans were chanted on the campus and JNU administration has already identified a “few faces” who were “clearly” heard raising them. It has said that their whereabouts must be found and their role investigated.

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The Delhi government”s decision to initiate legal proceedings under Section 200 of CrPC before a magistrate court ( examination of a complaint) came after a delegation of CPI(M) and JD(U) leaders met chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. They demanded that the state government must take action against organisations which had allegedly used doctored videos “to create frenzy of anti-nationals” at JNU.

‘Kill Kanhaiya’ poster maker held

The Delhi police has arrested Adarsh Sharma, the man who allegedly offered Rs 11 lakh to anyone who kills JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar.

Sharma claims to be the president of the Purvanchal Sena and his mobile number was on the poster that said: Whosoever shoots JNU Students” Union president and seditionist Kanhaiya will be rewarded Rs 11 lakh on the behalf of Purvanchal Sena. The police had registered a case of defacement of property and questioned him on the same day. But he was not arrested at that time.

Now he has been arrested on charges of criminal intimidation, inciting violence and forgery. Reports also suggested that though Sharma had offered a reward of Rs 11 lakh he had only a few hundred rupees in his bank and hadn”t paid his house rent for months.

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