Ever since the Delhi Elections, BJP leader Kapil Mishra has been in the news, sadly for all the wrong reasons. His communal comments and hate speeches have been doing the rounds for months now, with a case even filed against him in court for inciting the riots that ravaged the city of Delhi recently.
But this doesn’t seem to have any effect on Kapil Mishra, with the leader refusing to apologize or express any remorse for his alleged statements. The leader believes that he did nothing wrong, that his incendiary speeches, use of the infamous 'goli maaro' slogan, and an alarming ultimatum to remove the anti CAA protestors in front of the DCP which may have triggered the riots going unpunished as of now.
This was till Saket Gokhale decided to take up the fight.
The Maharashtra based journalist-activist has long challenged the controversial actions of public servants in the country. Using the Right to Information Act as a tool to constantly question the establishment, Gokhale has developed a cult following on social media. He’s often seen sharing his views, government documents, and RTI replies on topics ranging from politicians speeches, background, government initiatives etc.
His latest efforts have been targeted at Kapil Mishra, aiming to bring to light the hypocrisy in his statements and the lack of police action against him. Gokhale has filed a series of RTI queries, which go on to reveal that Kapil Mishra has evaded the law on several instances.
Gokhale first filed a complaint against Mishra for 'inciting hate-speech against minorities'. The complaint was registered when Mishra tweeted that 8th February, the date of voting in Delhi Elections, is akin to an India vs Pakistan match.
Similariyliu, he again tweeted on March 2 to bring to light the double standards of Delhi POlice and their negligence when it comes to Mishra’s actions. The tweet showed how the Delhi Commissioner of Police accepted that Mishra organized a rally without permission, but wasn’t booked for the same despite this being against the law. This even after the Supreme Court ruled that no protest can be held at Jantar Mantar without the prior permission of the police.
Saket Gokhale even revealed how Kapil Mishra has evaded from paying income tax since 2012. He tweeted that According to his Delhi Election 2020 affidavit, Kapil Mishra has NOT filed his income tax returns since 2012. Gokhale further revealed that this act makes him liable for 7 years of jail under Sec. 276CC for hiding income, with Kapil Mishra, even being held guilty for lying under oath on his election affidavit.
The expose by Gokhale on Mishra has led him to be blocked by the politician. While this issue refused to die down and will surely take several twists and turns before the conclusion, the fact that a politician is being repeatedly questioned by a citizen and is being held accountable for his actions certainly has a sense of karmic justice to it. Maybe that’s all we need in these testing times.