The Delhi government has ordered to file criminal cases against three television news channels ie Zee News, NewsX and Times Now on the basis of a magisterial probe which concluded they aired doctored videos of a controversial 9 February JNU event led by JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.
“Delhi government has directed its legal team to file a criminal case against three new channels which aired doctored videos on JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar,” said a senior government official.
He said a lower court will be approached under section 200 of CrPC under which a magistrate takes cognisance of an offence on receiving a complaint.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and JD(U) leader KC Tyagi met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday and demanded action against the TV channels which allegedly ran “doctored” videos on the JNU row.
The magisterial probe, ordered by the Delhi government, had found that three out of seven videos were ddoctored including one clipping of a news channel.
The videos were sent to Hydrabad-based forensic lab for test and it found that two videos were “manipulated” where voices of persons not present in the clippings were added.
No evidence that Kanhaiya raised anti-national slogans
Kanhaiya was charged with sedition following allegations that anti-national slogans were raised at the event to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist leader Maqbool Bhat but government’s probe did not find any evidence of JNU leader Kumar raising anti-India slogans at the controversial event in the university.
According to the probe report, anti-national slogans were chanted on the campus and JNU administration has already identified a “few faces” who were “clearly” heard raising them. The probe panel said their whereabouts must be found and their role investigated.