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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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