Delhi court issues summons to CM Kejriwal for ‘thulla’ remark

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 08, 2016 01:09 IST
At least two Delhi Police constables had lodged complaints of criminal defamation against Arvind Kejriwal as the chief minister came under fire after he allegedly used the term ‘thulla’ to describe the city’s policemen in an interview with a TV channel in July last year. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

A city court on Saturday summoned Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as an accused in a defamation case filed against him for allegedly making derogatory remarks against local policemen.

Metropolitan magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey sought the appearance of Kejriwal on July 14 after hearing pre-summoning arguments on the complaint filed by a constable posted at Lajpat Nagar police station.

“Prima facie, the court is satisfied that the offence punishable under sections 499/500(defamation) of the IPC is committed by Arvind Kejriwal so he be summoned for the same... for July 14, 2016,” the magistrate said.

The complainant, constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, had alleged that he -- a member of the Delhi Police -- had been defamed by Kejriwal, who used the word “thulla” to describe the city’s police.

In the complaint, filed through advocate LN Rao on July 23 last year, the constable claimed that Kejriwal had used the “derogatory” term ‘thulla’ for policemen on a news channel. He was talking about AAP government’s “constraints” in ensuring effective functioning of the anti-corruption branch.

“If a word like ‘thulla’ is used by an eminent personality like chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to refer to the personnel of Delhi Police, then the general public too would have no respect for police personnel, who dedicate their lives to maintain the law and order,” the complaint said.

The constable had earlier claimed to have called the office and residence of Kejriwal and also on the helpline, but there was no “positive response”.

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