JNU doctored video: Why Arvind Kejriwal is being praised by rivals including Prashant Bhushan and Congress

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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.

Prashant Bhushan, left, and Arvind Kejriwal, associates of Anna Hazare, India's most prominent anti-corruption activist, elaborate evidences of corruption collected against 15 ministers serving in the present government, including its leader and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at a press conference in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Files containing evidences of corruption have been sent to Singh, asking him to constitute an investigation team of eminent judges to verify their claims. (AP Photo/ Saurabh Das)
Prashant Bhushan, left, and Arvind Kejriwal, associates of Anna Hazare, India’s most prominent anti-corruption activist, elaborate evidences of corruption collected against 15 ministers serving in the present government, including its leader and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at a press conference in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Files containing evidences of corruption have been sent to Singh, asking him to constitute an investigation team of eminent judges to verify their claims. (AP Photo/ Saurabh Das)

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.

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A lab in Hyderabad had revealed that two of the seven videos were doctored to falsely implicate Kanhaiya Kumar under sedition charges.

One such doctored video was reportedly sourced from the twitter account of former aide of Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani.

Much to Kejriwal’s surprise, this action has earned him plenty of plaudits even from his political detractors including Prashant Bhushan and Congress party.

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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, “ is our political opponent, but I appreciate the action he is taking on these TV channels.”

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:

 

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