A court on Monday said there was “sufficient material” to proceed with the criminal defamation complaint filed by a Delhi Police constable against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for using a slang, “thulla”, to describe policemen.
The court fixed the matter for October 5 for recording of pre-summoning evidence in the complaint filed by constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, posted at the Lajpat Nagar police station here, after hearing arguments of the complainant’s counsel.
“Considering the content of the complaint and the material on record, I am of the opinion there is sufficient material to proceed with the complaint and the opportunity be given to the complaint to lead pre-summoning evidence,” Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar said.
This is the second criminal defamation complaint filed against Kejriwal for his ‘thulla’ remark. The other complaint was also filed by a Delhi Police constable and the court had fixed the matter for recording of pre-summoning evidence.
The current complaint was filed by Taneja on July 23, a day after constable Harvinder, posted at Govindpuri police station, had lodged a similar complaint against Kejriwal.
Taneja had claimed he was mentally disturbed and felt very insulted by Kejriwal’s remark.
“If a word like ‘thulla’ is used by an eminent personality like the CM to refer to Delhi Police personnel, the general public would have no respect or regard for the police who dedicate their entire lives to maintain law and order in Delhi,” Taneja had said.
He had claimed to have lodged a complaint at the Lajpat Nagar police station under section 500 (defamation) of IPC and said Kejriwal was liable to be prosecuted for wilfully committing offences punishable under sections 500 and 504 (insult intended to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC.