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Court Says No To Sedition Charges On Basis Of Unauthenticated Video In Ramjas Episode

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On 29 August 2017,A Delhi Court while hearing arguments on a plea seeking FIR filed by complainant Vivek Garg against those who allegedly raised anti-national slogans at the college in the Delhi University on February 21 this year,said that “Authenticity of the video is not established. What is the source of this video? sedition charges cannot be pressed on the basis of an unauthenticated, unreliable video, after the court was shown a footage of alleged “anti-national” sloganeering at the Ramjas College here.”

Vivek Garg is not Satisfied and had alleged that “anti-national slogans/ activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/ SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting the morale of terrorists against our country.”

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Delhi Police on the other hand on August 3 had submitted the report, filed by Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), Delhi, states that a total of eight cases were filed against “ABVP supporters” while 37 were filed against “AISA supporters”.On August 29 ,in a Nine page action taken report Delhi Police the police had said it was examining members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and AISA and details of students of various colleges of the Delhi University.

Complainant Vivek Garg alleged and said – “Such incidents are spreading like wildfire. The police is trying to evade their duty“.On this Delhi Police said that they have already lodged an FIR at Maurice Nagar police station on February 22 and Regarding the video it said as of now its authenticity is not clear and “apparently looks doctored”, adding that the footage was being analysed and would be sent to forensic lab for scrutiny.

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Ramjas College ‘Anti National’ Video Doctored : Delhi Police

The court, however, granted an opportunity to the complainant to argue on the Proofs of sedition and posted the matter for hearing on September 5.

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On February 21,ABVP students protested against over inviting Umar Khalid(JNU student who was sent to jail last year under sedition charge) for a seminar organised by the English department.

The next day violent clashes erupted between the AISA and the ABVP students leaving several of them and three teachers injured.

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