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JNU protest MAINThe Aam Aadmi Party government on Saturday has filed a criminal case complaint against three news channels, Zee News and two other channels for allegedly airing doctored videos of the 9 February protests at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus.

Hearing on Monday at Patiala House Court.

In March, the Delhi government had decided to file criminal cases against these news channels on the basis of a magisterial probe which concluded they aired allegedly doctored videos of a controversial event at the JNU involving its students union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

Sources said the government’s legal team has been ordered to initiate action against the three channels whose names were not mentioned in the report by the New Delhi District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar.

“Delhi government has directed its legal team to file a criminal case against three new channels which aired doctored videos on JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar,” said a senior government official.

He said a lower court will be approached under section 200 of CrPC under which a magistrate takes cognisance of an offence on receiving a complaint.

The magisterial probe, ordered by the Delhi government, had found that out of seven videos sent to a Hydrabad-based forensic lab, three were doctored, including one clipping of a
news channel.

As per report of the Hyderabad-based lab, two videos were “manipulated” where voices of persons not present in the clippings were added.

In the manipulated clips, videos have been edited and voices have been added, the lab report had stated.

The government’s probe did not find any evidence of JNU leader Kumar raising anti-India slogans at the controversial event in the university. Kanhaiya was charged with sedition following allegations that anti-national slogans were raised at the event to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist leader Maqbool Bhat.

With PTI Inputs