Forensic report gives new direction to JNU row, says videos are authentic
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Gandhinagar has authenticated four video clips related to the 9 February incident at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), saying that anti-national slogans were raised during the even organised to commemorate the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The CFSL based in Gujarat’s capital have stated that the four videos filmed during the event are authentic and no editing/doctoring have been made to its original form, according to media reports.
This incident took place when a group of JNU students organised the function in the campus. Students from other colleges in Delhi also participated in the cultural event which was titled ” A country Without Post Office.”
A section of the students allegedly shouted slogans hailing ‘Shaheed Afzal Guru’ and also reportedly chanted anti-India slogans. They also expressed solidarity with “struggle” of Kashmiri migrants and advocated for ‘Azad Kashmir’.
The four video clips sent to CFSL Gandhinagar, by the Delhi police are different from the set of videos sent by the Delhi government to a lab for forensic examination. The source of the videos have not been revealed by the police so far.
These video clips are also different from the footage submitted by Zee News. The case against the students were registered on the basis of the report by Zee News, in which some of them were shown as allegedly raising anti-India slogans. The forensic examination of the Zee News footage at CFSL Delhi is likely to be completed in a week, police said.
The Kejriwal government had last month filed a complaint at the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court seeking action against three television channels, after forensic reports and a fact finding report by a magistrate said that three of the seven video clips were doctored.
The government in its complaint said that the doctored videos were used to incite people and foment violence against students of JNU, including the attacks against JNUSU Kanhaiya Kumar at the Patiala House court in New Delhi.
The Delhi Police had slapped sedition charges on Kanhaiya and two other students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya for sedition. The trio who were arrested later have been released on bail now.