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.
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.
Would like to congratulate in advance, next year's Padma Bhushan to Dr. Shilpi Tiwari for doctoring Kanhaiya video.— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) March 1, 2016
And the National Award 2016 for best editing of a documentary goes to.Shilpi Tiwari for her film 'Kanhaiya'! https://t.co/HaO9EYzdQN— ShoshitCockroach (@ShoshitBoli) March 2, 2016
Journalists responsible for flaming up the #JNU episode with fake videos are back with the masters new dictation ( no questions asked)— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) March 1, 2016
Would Delhi Police register case against Shilpi Tiwari and Smriti Irani for tampering evidence by doctoring the video ?— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) March 2, 2016
Those asking - Shilpi Tewari's AC was deactivated. Now restored. Takes time to restore original follower count pic.twitter.com/nMljMdKvgr— Joy (@Joydas) March 1, 2016