Delhi court reserves order on plea against Arvind Kejriwal on “thulla” remarks


A court in Delhi has reserved its order on whether to summon Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by a police constable for using “thulla” to describe policemen.


According to PTI, the metropolitan magistrate Arun Kumar Garg, after hearing the arguments of a constable posted at Govindpuri police station here on the issue of summoning the chief minister, fixed May 20 for pronouncement of order.

“Arguments on summoning heard. Put up for clarifications, if any,/order on May 20, 2016,” the magistrate said.

The chief minister has already been summoned on 14 July on a similar plea of a constable of Lajpat Nagar police station by a court here which held that prima facie he committed the offence of defamation.

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.

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.