When Nitin Gadkari rode a scooter from his home to office in Nagpur a couple of years of back, it created a huge controversy. Journalists, led by Barkha Dutt started to grill Nitin Gadkari for his non-compliance of traffic rules and riding a scooter without helmet. It soon became a controversy and Nitin Gadkari preferred not to answer. While Nitin Gadkari indeed was wrong in not following traffic rules and the questions raised were genuine, it turns out that the one journalist who grilled Gadkari and started the controversy herself has scant regard for traffic rules.
The journalist is none other than Barkha Dutt. While she always takes a holier-than-thou attitude when it comes to judge anyone related to BJP, her personal record is not even close to impressive. Be it the cases of financial irregularities of NDTV, acting as a broker in Radia case or anti-national activities, Barkha has been exposed in all. Once again, the pictures coming from Uttar Pradesh show her scant regards for traffic rules. While reporting for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, pictures of her riding on a bike are doing rounds.
In the picture, Barkha Dutt is seen sitting without helmet and there are 3 people (including her) on the bike. Two rules have been flouted at one go – Triple loading and riding without helmet, both of which are brazen display of her lack of respect for traffic rules. When someone like Barkha questions (rightly so) Nitin Gadkari for not following traffic rules, don’t the same set of standards apply to her ? More importantly, being such an experienced journalist, she cannot claim ignorance. She has risked not only her own life, but also the lives of two others who are without helmet.
Hope Uttar Pradesh Police takes a note of the pictures below and take appropriate actions for open flouting of traffic rules.