Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi has filed a complaint before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), Patiala House Court, seeking action against three news channels for airing doctored video.
These three news channels are Zee News, News X and India News.
This follows the Delhi government order on 7 March seeking action action against the these channels for allegedly running doctored videos related to JNU protests.
A lab in Hyderabad had revealed that two of the seven videos were doctored to falsely implicate Kanhaiya Kumar under sedition charges.
According to Indian Express, the Delhi government has sought examination of its complaint under Section 200 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. It has urged the court to take cognizance of the offences and “summon, try and punish” the accused.
The respondents named in the complaint include M/s Zee News, M/s Zee News Media Corporation Limited, M/s News X, M/s Information TV Private Limited, M/s India News and “other unnamed individuals”.
The 12 respondents include editors-in-chief, managing directors and directors of the organisations named in the complaint.
The AAP government has not named Times Now as an accused, it has referred to the allegedly doctored video being shown on the channel on a tablet device held by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who was a guest on a show on the channel on 17 February.
The government complaint said, ““The accused knowingly and with malicious intent have caused damage and/ or injury to the students of JNU and to the JNU institution and have disrupted communal harmony, public tranquility and security in Delhi by transmitting a forged/ fabricated/ doctored/ altered video(s ). These video(s) are forged/ fabricated/ altered in material form. It is evident that the doctoring, use, dissemination and broadcast of these videos was deliberate and intentional and the accused persons thus created false document(s). They have used the… false documents as genuine. The accused persons are therefore liable for prosecution under Sections 465 (punishment for forgery) and 471 (using as genuine forged document or electronic record) of IPC.”
Rahul Mehra, the government’s standing counsel said, “The CM and our government has made it clear that if someone has acted against the law, we will take action. We cannot allow persons holding responsible positions to create an environment that is untrue. People believe what is reported by TV channels and newspapers. Media needs responsible handling. You cannot create doctored videos and package them and show them as true. It’s not allowed.”