India, New Delhi: Yesterday, the Delhi government reportedly ordered a legal action against three news channels — Times Now, NewsX and Zee News, for broadcasting a doctored video of protests staged in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on february 9. Kanhaiya Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University student union (JNUSU) president, had been jailed for anti-India sloganeering following the broadcast.
The legal action was reportedly initiated after Communist Party of India – Marxist chief Sitaram Yechury met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday. Meanwhile, IBN Live said that the action is being initiated after the magistrate report gave a clean chit to the JNU students. Another two students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are currently in judicial custody in relation to the same event. They had surrendered before the police after a case of sedition was registered against them. Kumar has been released from jail after receiving an interim bail.
The Delhi Police, which had taken the videos broadcast by the TV channels into account, had then said that the students were linked to terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Later, the Delhi Police also said that no anti-India slogans were raised by Kumar. The AAP government had initiated a magisterial probe into the matter earlier, reports the Statesman.