NEW DELHI: The raw video footage of the controversial February 9 event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, based on which a sedition case was registered versus the university’s students’ union president
Finishing PhD has become a responsibility: Kanhaiya
NEW DELHI: JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges and is out on bail, said on Tuesday that finishing his PhD has become a “political responsibility” for him rather than an academic one.
“Questions are being raised about the subsidies being given to us,” said Kanhaiya Kumar, referring to the suggestion that the “anti-national” activities of some of the students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here made them undeserving of tax payer-funded benefits.
“We are asked why it was taking us so long to finish the PhD. So therefore it has become more of a political responsibility than an academic responsibility,” said Kanhaiya Kumar at the “Idea of India” conclave organized by the Centre for Policy Analysis.
He said the government was trying to destroy the education system in India.
“Every government in India has tried to destroy the education system. Because through education people learn to express dissent and start asking questions,” Kanhaiya Kumar said.
“The government has money to buy fighter jets worth thousands of crores of rupees but is cutting back on subsidies in education. If this is their idea of India, I reject it.”
Umar Khalid, another JNU student facing sedition charges, said the current government was trying to turn the universities into a prison.
“A university which doesn’t allow dissent is a prison and this government is making universities into jail. This is the most brutal government ever”, Khalid said.
Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid were arrested on charges of sedition for organizing an event on February 9 on the JNU campus commemorating the death of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.Kanhaiya Kumar and two others, has been found to be “authentic” by the CBI forensic lab, the police has claimed.
The raw footage of the event, obtained from a Hindi news channel, was sent to the CBI forensic lab in New Delhi for examination along with camera, memory card, a CD containing the clip, wires and other equipment, they said.
“The CBI lab sent a report to Delhi Police’s Special Cell on June 8 saying the raw footage was authentic,” a police source said.
Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep confirmed the receipt of report but did not divulge the details.
Earlier, Delhi Police had sent four video clips of the event to Gandhinagar-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) which in its report, in May, had said that they were genuine.
However, an investigation done by the Delhi government into a set of seven video clippings of the controversial event sent to the Hyderabad-based Truth Labs had found two clips to be manipulated while
Four JNU clips found ‘genuine’
New Delhi: Four video clips pertaining to the controversial February 9 event at JNU have been declared genuine by Forensic Science Laboratory, Gandhinagar. However, there’s no word on another set of video clips, including the one broadcast by a few news channels that was alleged to be doctored, by CBI’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory.
“We have received a report on four video clips from the Gandhinagar laboratory and they have been mentioned as genuine. Report on the other clips, being examined at the CFSL, is awaited,” special commissioner (special cell) Arvind Deep said on Tuesday.
Senior officers of the cell said they had collected over a dozen clips of the JNU event and sent them for forensic examination. These clips were mostly shot by cellphones of security guards and other students present at the event in which anti-India slogans had been allegedly raised. The forensic lab was also examining a particular Hindi news channel’s camera, storage card, camera chip and wire among other equipment. A report might come in a fortnight.
Several people raising slogans were identified through these videos, but police were waiting for forensic reports to take action. Earlier, the Delhi government had ordered a forensic probe into a set of videos of the event. The government had sent seven clips to Truth Labs in Hyderabad, which had found two videos doctored. others as genuine .
The police, however, maintained that the FIR into the matter was registered on the basis of the raw video footage, obtained from a news channel on a CD, and not on the clippings which were aired on TV channels.
In the FIR, police had claimed that in the video a group of students, led by JNU student
HC extends stay on rustication of Umar, Anirban
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday extended interim stay on Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) decision to rusticate Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.
Justice Manmohan put on hold the disciplinary action taken by JNU administration versus the duo, accused of sedition in connection with a February 9 event, till their appeals are decided by the university’s appellate authority.
HC’s relief came on a petition filed by the two students seeking the same relief granted by it on May 13 to Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and other students facing disciplinary action taken by the varsity over the February 9 event this year. “This court is of the opinion that the petitioners are entitled to same order as passed by this court on May 13, 2016…,” the court said.
While Khalid was rusticated for one semester and slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000; Bhattacharya was rusticated till July 15 and barred from the university campus for five years after July 23. Bhattacharya was only given a week between July 16-22 to complete his thesis.
HC had, on May 13, granted the relief to Kanhaiya Kumar and others after JNUSU had undertaken to immediately withdraw the hunger strike and not to indulge in any agitation. HC has made it clear that if JNU rejects the appeals filed by the students, the appellate authority’s order would not be given effect for a period of two weeks.
It said that protection granted to Khalid and Bhattacharya was conditional and the JNUSU would not indulge in any protest or ‘dharna’. Khalid and Bhattacharya have said in their applications that they would be moving appellate authority versus the disciplinary action. Umar Khalid , could be seen raising anti-India slogans, 21 of which were mentioned in an interim report filed a few days later into the case.
Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in February and later granted bail in the case, which is now being probed by Delhi Police’s anti-terrorism unit Special Cell.