New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) The Delhi Police on Tuesday filed a status report in a court hearing a complaint filed by the Aam Aadmi Party government against three news channels for running ‘doctored’ videos of the JNU controversy.
The report was filed before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass, who fixed August 24 as the next date of hearing.
The Delhi government had urged the court to take action against Zee News, NewsX and India News for allegedly broadcasting doctored videos of the February 9 incident on the Jawaharlal Nehru Universtiy campus where “anti-India” slogans were raised.
The Delhi government said the accused knowingly and with malicious intent caused damage to JNU students and the university and disrupted communal harmony and security in Delhi by transmitting a forged, fabricated, doctored and altered video, which was shown as genuine.
A magisterial report submitted to the Delhi government on March 2 said that “no direct link” had been found between JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and the anti-India sloganeering of February 9.
It said seven videos related to the JNU incident were sent to Truth Labs, Hyderabad, of which three were found to be doctored.
“In those doctored versions, the video has been edited and voices added.”
The report said the role of JNU student Umar Khalid, accused of raising anti-India slogans, needed to be further investigated.
On February 9, an event was organised on the JNU campus to commemorate the third anniversary of Parliament terror attack convict Afzal Guru’s execution.
After anti-India slogans were raised at the event, JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on charge of sedition.
He was granted bail for six months by the Delhi High Court on March 2. Khalid and another JNU student Anirban Bhattacharya have also got bail.