JNU: Forensic lab finds Kanhaiya videos doctored, Irani’s aide faces heat online

(Clockwise) Kanhaiya being taken to courts in New Delhi; Shilpi Tewari; and India's Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani
(Clockwise) Kanhaiya being taken to courts in New Delhi; Shilpi Tewari; and India's Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani

NEW DELHI (TIP):At least two out of the seven video clips of the alleged ‘anti-national’ sloganeering in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on February 9 and 11 have been ‘doctored,’ according to forensic reports accessed by various media outlets on Tuesday, March 1.

Quoting sources, a report in The Indian Express claimed that ‘serious’ tampering and ‘very special words’ were inserted into the clips, while adding that the video samples were sent by the Delhi government to Truth Lab in Hyderabad.

India Today also accessed a report which claimed that two of the videos, including one which shows student leader Kanhaiya Kumar shouting anti-national and seditious slogans are fake.

However, what triggered a storm on social media on Tuesday night was the result from the second doctored video, which was claimed to be picked up from Shilpi Tewari, a close aide of Union HRD minister Smriti Irani.

Shilpi was also actively involved over the past week in promoting the alleged fake videos on social media.

The report also added that the second video shared by Shilpi online did not contain any edits, but there were ‘discrepancies’ in the lip sync as the audio and video streams were from different sources and “merged with an intention to make these recordings appear as representations of true events.”

Following these reports, there was massive outrage on Twitter with Shilpi reportedly deactivating her account temporarily on Tuesday night. Her account back online, but she has not tweeted since February 27.

Shilpi Tewari continued to trend in the early hours of Wednesday morning as various people took to Twitter to express their views on the issue. (Source: The News Minute)

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