JNU said in RTI reply that no server room at main gate, so no damage there, media spreads fake news claiming server room was not damaged

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Fake news claim: Congress said An RTI report has revealed that the JNU administration lied to the police, the media & in their FIR. There was no vandalism of the server room by JNU students on Jan 3 as claimed by JNU VC”

An RTI report has revealed that the JNU administration lied to
the police, the media & in their FIR.

There was no vandalism of the server room by JNU students on Jan 3 as claimed by JNU VC. https://t.co/ZPgWlkeVUL

— Congress (@INCIndia) January 22, 2020

Facts Check Verdict: False

News Verification: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has issued a clarification regarding the damage to servers on 3rd January 2020. The JNU said, “The RTI answers are correct and specific to the questions asked. The RTI response also clearly states that servers are located in the CIS data centre not in the CIS office, which seems to be conspicuously ignored while highlighting the matter in the media.”

JNU Press Release 22nd January 2020

 

The JNU further says, “All FIRs and other complaints filed with police are in-line with actual incidents that took place on 3rd January and do not deviate from actual facts. JNU administration reiterates that a group of masked students came to CIS Data centre premises on 3rd January and forcefully evicted the technical staff, switched off the power supply, locked the premises and squatted in front of the main entrance to the CIS Data centre without providing any access to the centre. The masked students forced the technical staff to shut down the CIS data centre”

 

As per the RTI query,

  1. The details of the server room located at the North/Main gate of the JNU campus be furnished. The details must include the CCTV cameras and location that are connected to this servers.. for this the JNU RTI reply was none, as there are no servers in that area. This reply was taken out of context and spread as fake news.

JNU clarifies on media reports on RTI filed over 3rd Jan incident at Comm&Info Services Data Centre premises.Reply of RTI was provided relating to the specific location and questions sought by the RTI applicant. All FIRs& other complaints filed with police are in-line with facts.

— ANI (@ANI) January 22, 2020

How did Media Report?

Indiatoday reported as Contradictions Between Police FIR And RTI Reply, JNU VC Blames Media

 

News18 reported as “CCTVs, Server Room Not Vandalized on January 3: RTI Reply Punctures Holes in JNU V-C's Version”, it did not show the RTI rely upon its publication. It said, Contrary to the claims made by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration in an FIR, biometric systems and CCTV cameras in its server room were not vandalized on January 3, response to a Right to Information query has revealed

 

It is sad to see the misuse of RTI and presenting the information in the Public domain with misinterpretation.

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