Doubtful if JNUSU president raised slogans, Delhi govt tells HC

The government also received inputs from JNU, that has recorded witness statements, in the course of the scrutiny.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Updated: March 1, 2016 4:02 am
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The Delhi government Monday told the Delhi High Court that the video clip showing JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar allegedly shouting anti-India slogans was “doubtful”.

While the government is still awaiting a report of the district magistrate (New Delhi), which is examining the claims made in various video clips, sources said the government is likely to receive it in a day or two.

Sources told The Indian Express that various video clips — including those of TV channels, those available online and the one shot by a security guard in JNU — have been examined by the government.

The government also received inputs from JNU, that has recorded witness statements, in the course of the scrutiny.

According to sources, the various clips suggested that nowhere in the videos of February 9, was Kanhaiya seen raising any “anti-national” slogans. According to the witnesses, he has not said anything against the country in his comments made after the alleged “anti-national” sloganeering on campus. While there were claims of slogans such as “Pakistan Zindabad” being raised on the JNU campus, no such slogan is audible in any of the video clips, said the sources.

Examination of the footage, sources added, also suggested that about seven students were shouting slogans and they did not include any of the students booked for sedition — Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted Monday morning that those shouting slogans were from Kashmir and if the Centre acts against Kashmiris, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti would be upset. “Our soldiers are being martyred at the border every day. And Modiji is protecting anti-national elements to form a government in Kashmir,” he said.

The government had ordered the district magistrate to inquire into the February 9 incident and submit a fact-finding report.

On February 13, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and JD(U) leader K C Tyagi had met Kejriwal and demanded an independent probe. The CM had tweeted, “There are claims that JNU student leaders shouted anti-India slogans and counter claims that ABVP activists did it. To find truth, Del govt is directing DM to conduct an inquiry.”

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