So Let’s Re-cap.
Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on Feb 12 under sedition charges. The Delhi Police wrote on Twitter that “Abetment of any kind of anti-national activity is a punishable offence”, indicating that that’s what Kanhaiya had done. Sections of the media, particularly Times Now and Zee News, ran an organised propaganda against Kanhaiya and JNU. The video clips these channels aired showed Kanhaiya taking part in demonstrations in which students give anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans. Arnab Goswami went berserk in his studio. Mohandas Pai, Chetan Bhagat, Jude Anthany Joseph and many of their likes expressed concerns about tax payers’ money being spent on JNU. Swapan Das Gupta tweeted the video. Sangh bhakts called for hanging Kanhaiya and shutting down JNU.
On February 14, Union Home Minister said the protesting students in JNU had the support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. Apparently, Singh’s claim was based on a tweet by a fake Hafiz Saeed account. Delhi Police swung into action. Warned against LeT’s support for students. After it emerged that the minister’s claim was based on the tweet, he tried to salvage himself saying he had intel reports. If so where are those reports? Did the Delhi Police argue in the court that JNU students are backed by LeT? (A source told me last week there was no such intel report. ‘we have to take the blame now because how can we contradict the home minister?’, the official told me).
On feb 15, Lawyer thugs attack JNU teachers, students and journalists at Patiala Court House. Several of them were caught on camera unleashing violence. A BJP MLA, the former private secretary of Arun Jaitley, was telecast by channels beating up a man in front of the court house. Delhi Police did nothing. Commissioner Bassi shrugged the incident off.
Two days later, the same thugs ran amok at the same place. They smashed up Kanhaiya under the watch of police. The special delegation of lawyers sent by the supreme court to investigate the violence were verbally abused. Later the video of Kanhaiya describing the incident in tears surfaced (which would shake anyone who has conscience). On the same day, Commissioner Bassi said Delhi Police would not oppose Kanhaiya’s bail.
On February 19, Swapandas Gupta, the pro-BJP journalist, tweeted that there’s a part of video clip he tweeted “may be dodgy”. His tweet came only after the original video of Kanhaiya giving slogans such as ‘manuvad-se azadi’ emerged. A few days later, a Zee News journalist quit over what he said the biased coverage of JNU protests by the channel. He says none of the video clips he and his crew shot had ‘Pakistan zindabad’ slogans.
The Patiala thugs were arrested after more evidences surfaced against their brutalities. In an India Today sting, one of them bragged about beating Kanhaiya. They were arrested, but given bail within minutes. Umar Khalid and other JNU students surrendered to police were sent to judicial custody. Delhi Police took a U-turn, saying they would now oppose Kanhaiya’s bail. “We have reasonable apprehension that if he [Kanhaiya] comes out on bail, he is bound to impact the investigation and influence witnesses. He is also likely to indulge in activities that are violative of penal laws,” said Bassi.
While hearing Kanhaiya’s bail plea, Delhi Police told the high court that there’s no video evidence showing him raising anti-India slogans. But maintained that they have eyewitnesses (ABVP members?) A forensic investigation ordered by the Delhi government found that two videos of the controversial JNU event, taken as evidence against students charged with sedition, were doctored. Words in the videos that are seen to incite violence have been spliced, says the forensic lab report.
On March 2, 19 days after Kanhaiya was arrested–19 long days during which he was abused, imprisoned and, of course, mentally tortured–the Delhi High Court gives him interim bail, along with a Bollywood song on patriotism, and asked him to stay away from “anti-national” activities.
Arnab Goswani still reads news. Zee News still doesn’t suffer any credibility problem. Swapandas Gupta is still tweeting pro-Sangh messages. Rajnath SIngh is still the union home minister. Commissioner Bassi retired in ‘dignity’. The Patiala goons may still be having fun in Delhi. And the Prime Minister is still silent on the issue.
The law doesn’t know who doctored the video. The law may not touch the Patiala goons. The law may never bring out the real conspirators of this deshbhakti drama. The law doesn’t even know who actually gave the anti-India slogans. But Kanhaiya still has sedition charges on him. So have his friends from JNU. You still haven’t got it, stupid? This is the Bharat in the making.