CBI Finds Raw Footage Of Kanhaiya Kumar Protest 'Authentic', Say Police

12/06/2016 8:52 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 23: JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar speaks during a Joint Students Youth Assembly against discrimination and attacks on Universities, at Adarsh Vidyalaya in Tilak Nagar on April 23, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Kumar claimed that he was allegedly strangled on a Jet Airways flight to Pune on Sunday morning in Mumbai by a co-passenger but an initial police probe revealed that it was not a case of assault but the two pushed each other over a petty argument. The student leader was arrested on sedition charges on February 12 after allegedly raising anti-India slogans at the JNU campus. He was given bail after police failed to produce any evidence to back the charge. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The raw video footage of the controversial February 9 JNU event, on which a sedition case was registered against JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and two others, has been found to be "authentic" by the CBI forensic lab, police claimed on Saturday.

The raw footage of the event, obtained from a Hindi news channel, was sent to the CBI forensic lab here 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 8 June 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, a Delhi government-ordered probe, 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 others as genuine.

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 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.

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