Dept Of Telecommunication Official Suspended After Reporting Delhi MLA Kapil Mishra's Hate Video

27 Feb 2019 9:13 AM GMT
Editor : Shraddha Goled
Dept Of Telecommunication Official Suspended After Reporting Delhi MLA Kapil Mishras Hate Video
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Rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kapil Mishra released a hate video (now taken down by Youtube). In this video, Mishra called out for violence against public figures like Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Hassan, Congress Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, journalist Barkha Dutt and activist Shehla Rashid. Considering the volatile nature of the video, Ashish Joshi, the Controller of Communication Accounts, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, brought it to the notice of the Commissioner of Police, Delhi. He sent a letter on February 25 to the Commissioner, and on February 26, an order from the Department of Telecommunications was released, suspending Ashish Joshi.

Neither the reason for the suspension is mentioned in the order, nor is the period for which he is suspended has been mentioned.

Order of suspension

In the video, Mishra called the aforementioned people “traitors” and asked them to be attacked in their houses and then dragged out on to the streets. “Some Barkha tries to shift the attention away from Pulwama (terror attack), Some Swara (Bhasker) tries to defame the country…Some Naseeruddin (Shah) says that the country is reeling under terror. But the very next day, he goes to Karachi wagging his tail. Some Kamal Haasan talks about holding a plebiscite. Some Shehla (Rashid) spreads fake news against India every day….This (Prashant) Bhushan, who gets the court to work in at night and this (Navjot Singh) Sidhu, who lectures for peace even in the battleground,” said Mishra in the video.

When asked about the video, Mishra told Janta Ka Reporter that people who worked against the country and are supporting the terrorists need to be thrashed and that he supported it.

Soon after the video was posted, it came to the notice of Ashish Joshi who then wrote to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi. In the letter he said, “It is brought to your kind notice that one Mr Kapil Mishra, has circulated highly incendiary video, provoking people to attack some citizens.

AAP Leader Kapil Mishra Hate Video Official Suspended

A day after the letter was sent, Joshi received an order for his suspension. The suspension order said that he is suspended with “immediate effect”. While the order doesn’t mention the period of suspension, it does say that during this period, “Joshi will be paid subsistence allowance, which shall be 50% of his basic pay and allowance as admissible”.

AAP Leader Kapil Mishra Hate Video Official Suspended

Notably, as per reports, no action whatsoever has been taken against Mishra for his hate video, except for the video being pulled down by Youtube.

Mr Joshi later tweeted on his suspension:

Probable reason for the suspension

Reportedly, no reason has been rendered for the suspension and neither any explanation has been sought from Joshi. A senior official at the Ministry of Communications told The Indian Express that suspension came as Mr Joshi, before writing to the Delhi police, did not take his seniors into confidence. Though, Kapil Mishra tweeted that the suspension is his victory

At this time, another letter, dated February 19, written by Mr Joshi comes into picture where he brought to notice the “Misuse of Telecom Network for sending obscene and vulgar messages” by miscreants to journalists Ravish Kumar and Abhisar Sharma. Phone numbers of these journalists were reportedly posted on social media which prompted thousands of calls/messages being sent to them.

The Logical Indian Take

Mr Joshi has been receiving abusive and threatening messages after he acted on Kapil Mishra’s video. Mr Joshi also started an email id where anyone receiving hate and abusive messages can report, and action will be taken.

Though the promptness and helping attitude of Mr Joshi should have been appreciated, it seems it wasn’t liked by people sitting in power. He is one of the first bureaucrats who decided to take action against those who try to shut anyone having a different opinion with their abuses and hatred. Though the govt hasn’t given reasons for his suspension but it sends a wrong message to those who stand to safeguard the constitution and are upright officers. In the past four and a half years, rarely action has been taken against those who run misogynistic and hatred campaign on social media but anyone standing against it, has definitely faced the wrath.

Also Read: Uttar Pradesh: IPS Officer Who Had Booked Yogi Adityanath Under NSA Suspended Over Interview Remarks

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