The factual report sought by the Delhi government — after conflicting claims were made by various parties about who allegedly raised “anti-national” slogans at an event in JNU — may be restricted to examining video footage of the sloganeering.
The Delhi government had ordered the district magistrate (DM), New Delhi, to inquire into the February 9 incident and submit a fact-finding report.
The Indian Express has learnt that the inquiry may be restricted to examining video footage from different sources,. The inquiry may examine various video clips that are already in the public domain, said sources.
The mandate of the inquiry, said government sources, is to examine the conflicting claims. While the DM has been given a fortnight to submit his report, the need to record anyone’s statement has not been felt at this stage, said sources.
A fact-finding report is different from a magisterial inquiry. The protocol followed for a magisterial inquiry is already laid down in the law, said sources.
On February 13, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and JD (U) leader K C Tyagi had met Chief Minister Arvind 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.”
An order, issued by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia later, stated, “It is necessary to inquire into the incident and bring out a factual report. Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that the District Magistrate, New Delhi, will inquire into the incident…”