On Saturday it emerged that the Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government had initiated a criminal procedure against three news channels, Zee News, News X and India News.
Delhi government filed a complaint before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), Patiala House Court, seeking action against three news channels for airing doctored video.
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.
Much to Kejriwal’s surprise, this action has earned him plenty of plaudits even from his political detractors including Prashant Bhushan and Congress party.
The Supreme Court lawyer tweeted, “Kudos to AAP govt for prosecuting TV channels for fabricating videos used by BJP to run vicious Nationalism campaign.”
Congress spokesperson, Sanjay Jha echoed Bhushan’s sentiments. His tweet read, “
@ArvindKejriwal is our political opponent, but I appreciate the action he is taking on these TV channels.”
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 24, 2016
And the praise for Kejriwal wasn’t confined to political bigwigs. Many including journalists on social media took to twitter to appreciate the Delhi government’s action.
Here are some examples:
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) April 24, 2016
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) April 24, 2016
— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) April 24, 2016
JNU doctored video: Arvind Kejriwal govt takes Zee News, NewsX and India News to courthttps://t.co/u7r4Zfmrqp
— Rohit Pandey (@aaprohit) April 24, 2016