On the morning of 21 July, a virtual courtroom drama played out. In the video conference dock was 32-year-old Abhijit Mishra, a former IT consultant, and self-anointed “financial economist” whose barrage of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have created a stir in recent times. PILs that question the intent of various institutions, from the Reserve Bank of India, and the National Housing Bank, to digital payments services such as Google Pay, PayPal, and payments banks like Paytm Payments Bank*.

This time, the shoe was on the other foot. Mishra’s intentions were under scrutiny.

Mishra averages one PIL a month—filing over 20 since late 2018.


Arundhati Ramanathan

Arundhati is Bengaluru-based. She is interested in how people use money in the digital age and how new economies will take shape based on that interaction. She has spent over 10 years reporting and writing on various subjects. Previous stints were at Mint, Outlook Business and Reuters.

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