Arvind Kejriwal summoned by court for ‘thulla’ remarks, asked to appear in person on 14 July

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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