Kejriwal Summoned by Delhi Court for ‘Agonising’ Thulla Remark 

Delhi court summons Arvind Kejriwal for ‘Thulla’ remark.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a file photo. (Photo: PTI)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was today summoned by a local court as an accused in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him for his alleged ‘thulla’ remark against the Delhi Police, with the magistrate holding prima facie that he committed the offence.

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 in New Delhi.

Constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, the complainant, claimed that being a member of Delhi Police he was defamed by the word used by Kejriwal. In the complaint, filed through advocate L N Rao on July 23 last year, the constable claimed that Kejriwal had used the “derogatory” term ‘thulla’ for policemen on a news channel while talking about AAP government’s “constraints” in ensuring effective functioning of the Anti-Corruption Branch.

That due to the acute agony and being mentally hurt by the attitude of Kejriwal towards Delhi Police, the complainant was unable to concentrate on his job as he was very much disturbed
Complaint, filed by constable Ajay Kumar Taneja

“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 or regard for police personnel who dedicate their entire lives to maintain law and order in Delhi,” the complaint said.

A similar complaint was filed against Kejriwal by another constable posted at Govind Puri police station, which is pending before a Delhi court.

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