No ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans at JNU, videos doctored: Report


New Delhi: The Magistrate report on the controversial Jawaharlal Nehru University event said that no ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised and words inciting violence were doctored, said sources on Wednesday.

The report is likely to be submitted to the Delhi government today. The operative portion of the report is of 25 pages and it gives the sequence of event leading up to the case.

The reports said a TV reporter was called to JNU event by the BJP youth wing ABVP, the sources said.

According to the sources, the two doctored videos are of February 9 and February 11. The reports said a TV reporter was called to JNU event by the BJP youth wing ABVP, the sources said. The February 9 register entry of the JNU has been put as part of the report, the sources said.

The sources further said that the TV channel didn’t submit videos to magistrate despite being asked to. Videos are being sent for forensic tests include those shown on channels and circulated on Internet, collected by JNU students, the sources added.

The report said that it’s not sure if police is using these videos only as their evidence.

The Delhi High Court will on Wednesday pass its order on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea. The court of Justice Pratibha Rani had reserved its order on Monday and castigated the Delhi Police, even asking it if it knew what sedition actually means. Kanhaiya Kumar in under arrested for allegedly raising anti-India slogans at an event in the university and has been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 124-A (sedition).

Kanhaiya granted 6-month interim bail

The Delhi high court today gave 6-month interim bail to Kanhaiya Kumar, the Jawaharlal Nehru students’ union president who was arrested on sedition charge. Kanhaiya is currently lodged in the Tihar Jail under judicial custody.

The court gave relief to Kanhaiya by asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of like amount. The high court made it clear that a JNU faculty member has to stand as surety for Kanhaiya.

Justice Pratibha Rani had on Monday reserved the order after over three hours of hearing on the bail plea of Kanhaiya, accused of raising anti-India slogans inside JNU campus during an event organised on February 9.

During the hearing, while Kanhaiya’s counsel had argued that the student leader had never raised any slogans against the nation, Delhi Police had maintained that there was evidence that he and others were shouting anti-India slogans and were holding Afzal Guru’s posters.

The police had claimed that Kanhaiya was “not cooperating” in the probe and even came out with “contradictory” statements in joint interrogation by Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Delhi Police.

The defence lawyers, including senior advocate Kapil Sibal, had countered the allegations saying there were “some outsiders with covered faces who raised anti-India slogans and Kanhaiya was seen in CCTV footage asking them for their identity cards.”

The bench had also asked tough questions to the police on slapping sedition charge on the accused and asked it to show evidence against him of his “active role” in raising anti-India slogans.

Giving him the bail today, the high court listed out certain conditions, including that he will have to cooperate in the investigation in the case and present himself before the investigators as and when required.

Kanhaiya had also distanced himself from Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, the two other accused arrested in the case.

Earlier this week, the case was transferred to the Special Cell, Delhi Police’s counter-terrorism unit, with Police Commissioner BS Bassi, who retired on Monday, saying the matter needed “focussed investigation”.

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