A Delhi Police constable has lodged a complaint of criminal defamation against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly using a derogatory word about cops during a recent interview to a television channel.
"A constable posted at Gobind Puri Police Station filed a complaint against the chief minister," DCP (south-east) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.
"This is a non-cognisable offence," Randhawa said.
A senior police official said constable Harvinder has alleged in his complaint that he was hurt by the word 'thulla' (slang for a cop) which the chief minister had used for policemen during the interview.
He said Harvinder's complaint has been forwarded to other senior police officers, including police commissioner BS Bassi.
A similar complaint was also filed at Lajpat Nagar Police Station by another constable, a senior police official said.
In a recent interview to India Today, Kejriwal said: "A case can be lodged by the anti-corruption branch against anyone for being involved in corrupt practices. But these people say you can't lodge a case against members of the Delhi Police. If a 'thulla' of the Delhi Police asks a roadside vendor for money, a case should not be registered against him, this is not acceptable."
Reacting over Kejriwal's remark, Bassi had said he could not believe any person would use such a word. "I believe all institutions and instrumentalities of the state must have respect for each other. Nation-building can be done only when we have mutual respect for each other. I refuse to believe that the honourable chief minister has said any word of this sort," Bassi said.
The Delhi Police and Kejriwal's AAP government have a history of differences. Kejriwal wants control over the police force, which functions under the Centre.
(With PTI inputs)