The word thulla has come to haunt Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, 10 months after he use the term to address Delhi police personnel.
A local court in Delhi on Saturday summoned Kejriwal over what his alleged reference to Delhi police as thulla, term usually used to describe cops as corrupt i n the national capital.
Kejriwal, according to NDTV, has been asked to appear in person in the court hearing scheduled for 14 July.
The case was filed by a Delhi Police constable last year in July. In a television interview, Kejriwal had used the slang “thulla” to refer to a policeman.
The interview prompted two complaints from policemen in different police stations of the city and a defamation case in court. It drew sharp reactions from senior police officials including Delhi’s top cop at that time, BS Bassi.
“If a ‘thulla‘ of Delhi Police asks a roadside vendor for money, a case should not be registered against him… this is not acceptable,” Kejriwal had said in the interview last year.
Constable Kapoor Singh Chhikara, one of the complainants, had told NDTV: “Not just as policemen, but we as citizens of Delhi are offended.” The other complainant was Harvinder Singh, a constable posted at the Govindpuri Police Station.
Kejriwal is also facing civil and criminal defamation cases filed by Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, after the Delhi CM accused of corruption in Delhi District Cricket Association.