“Do you have video evidence that Kanhaiya was raising anti-national slogans?” asked the court at which police denied of having any video in this regard.
“When your policemen were present there in the campus in civil dress why don’t they take cognizance when anti-national slogans were raised? Why did not they video record it?” asked the court.
The Delhi police also say that a JNU official has testified that Kanhaiya called upon cancellation of the programme and further said the programme will continue despite the cancellation of the permission.
In 2008 my then colleague in Rediff Syed Firdaus Ashraf and I traveled across parts of Kerala, to report on Muslim issues. At one point we found ourselves at a three-day conference on education, organised by various Muslim organisations in Cannanore — which in turn led us into conversations with several educators.
#1: The Delhi police today told the High Court that they have no video evidence against Kanhaiya Kumar and that he cannot be seen shouting anti-national slogans.
That is not a typo. He cannot be seen shouting anti-national slogans, according to the Delhi Police.
Now read this clip from the status report filed by the Delhi police, and note among other things the distinction drawn between the doctored video and the full version — which, the police said, it had examined. What did the police see then that they are unable to see now?
“My political instincts tell me that MNREGA should not be discontinued,” he said, mocking the opposition benches, “because it is a living memorial to your failures. After so many years in power, all you were able to deliver is for a poor man to dig ditches a few days a month.”
February 2016: Mr Modi’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament:
Rs 38,500 crore has been allocated for MNREGA schemes this year — the highest allocation by any government so far.
Is it fair to say this government does not seem to need any outside help when it comes to embarrassing itself?