In its final report, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), CBI, has stated that the raw video footage of the February 9 incident on JNU campus aired on Zee News was “authentic”, said sources. Investigators are likely to question those identified in the video clippings, said police sources. During an event held to mark the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged, “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised on campus.
On February 11, Delhi Police purportedly got the CD containing the raw footage of the event from Zee News. Police had registered the FIR into the JNU incident based on footage aired on the news channel.
JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were slapped with sedition charges in the wake of the incident. All three were arrested and later released on bail.
The case has since been handed over to the Delhi Police’s elite anti-terrorism Special Cell unit. After receiving the “raw footage”, the Special Cell had sent it along with the camera used to shoot the video, the memory card, a CD containing the clip, wires and other equipment to the CFSL.
A police officer said, “The CBI laboratory sent a report on June 8, saying the raw footage was authentic.” In April, the Delhi government sought action against Zee News, NewsX and India News for broadcasting allegedly doctored videos of the February 9 incident and registered a complaint in a Delhi court.
A Zee News producer, Vishwa Deepak, had resigned from the channel late February and had said in a letter that the channel had broadcast a video of students raising slogans with a caption that said Pakistan Zindabad. “The video, which had no Pakistan Zindabad slogans in it, we played repeatedly to spread madness. How did we establish that Kanhaiya and his associates were chanting slogans when all we heard were voices coming from the darkness. Our biases made us hear Bhartiya Court Zindabad as Pakistan Zindabad,” stated his letter.
Zee News Editor Sudhir Chowdhary had then told The Indian Express that he stood by the footage aired. “The slogans are very clear for anybody to hear. We stand by the footage that was aired on Zee News. We have handed over all the raw footage to the Delhi Police,” he had said.
Earlier, the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar had analysed four other “videos” of the event and reportedly found them “genuine”, said sources. These videos were reportedly recorded by security guards and students on their mobile phones.
The Delhi government had also asked Truth Labs in Hyderabad to analyse seven video clips of the event, and the lab had found three of them to be ‘doctored’.