Arvind Kejriwal crossed limits of decency by ‘Thulla’ remark: HC told

Taneja, who has filed the criminal defamation complaint against the AAP leader, claimed that by referring to policemen as 'Thulla', Kejriwal "has intentionally insulted the entire Delhi Police force as a whole.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2016 6:56 pm
Arvind Kejriwal, Kejriwal thulla, Kejriwal thulla remark, Kejriwal delhi police, Kejriwal defamation Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI Photo)

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has “crossed all limits of decency” by allegedly using the insulting word ‘Thulla’ for Delhi policemen in an interview, a policeman told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. In his reply filed before Justice Mukta Gupta, Delhi police constable Anil Kumar Taneja sought dismissal of a plea filed by Kejriwal seeking stay and setting aside of a trial court’s order summoning him in a criminal defamation complaint against him.

Taneja, who has filed the criminal defamation complaint against the AAP leader, claimed that by referring to policemen as ‘Thulla’, Kejriwal “has intentionally insulted the entire Delhi Police force as a whole and caused unnecessary provocation to the police personnel in Delhi”. “Being Chief Minister of Delhi, which is a constitutional position, the petitioner (Kejriwal) has immense influence and reach across public domain. His words definitely impact the public at large and the personnel of Delhi Police.

“Therefore, by using such a derogatory and insulting word, he (Kejriwal) has crossed all limits of decency while uttering such words on a famous national hindi news channel, that too in an interview being telecast at prime time…,” he said in his reply filed through advocate L N Rao.

Seeking dismissal of Kejriwal’s plea, Taneja claimed that the word uttered by the Chief Minister was sufficient to harm his reputation in the eyes of the general public and “lowered the image” of Delhi Police as a whole. “This remark ‘Thulla’ uttered by the petitioner (Kejriwal) has not only maligned the reputation of the respondent number one (Taneja) but also degraded the image and reputation of entire Delhi Police in the eyes of the general public and in the society as a whole,” the reply said.

Meanwhile, during the hearing, the counsel appearing for Kejriwal sought more time to file an affidavit in the matter. The court fixed the matter for hearing on February 21 next year. The court had earlier issued notice to the constable and sought his response on the Chief Minister’s plea. The high court in July had asked Kejriwal to explain the meaning of word ‘thulla’ he allegedly used against policemen while staying the trial court’s order.

The word used by Kejriwal was a Hindi word and the high court wanted to know its meaning as it does not exist in the dictionary. Earlier, Kejriwal’s counsel had told the court that the word ‘Thulla’ was not used against all policemen but against those indulging in wrong practices. In the complaint filed on July 23 last year before the trial court, Taneja had claimed that Kejriwal had used the “derogatory” term for policemen on a news channel while talking about the AAP government’s “constraints” in ensuring effective functioning of the Anti-Corruption Branch.

“If a word like ‘thulla’ is used by an eminent personality like Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to refer to 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 plea had said. The constable had earlier claimed to have called the office and residence of Kejriwal and also on the helpline numbers to talk to him, but there was no “positive response”.

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    IML sood
    Oct 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    Shame on Aaptards giving sermons to Delhi HC, first this Khujli abuses others, when get pay back he through his lawyers started playing victim card making hue and cry and in his noise many of his slaves start ranting.Why so much hard earned money is being wasted to defend this joker whose only job is to escape from any reposibility in Delhi and do his nautanki in other states.But how long he can escape that is the moot Q.
    1. H
      Oct 27, 2016 at 3:34 am
      HIGHLY CORRUPT(HC) has crossed the limits of ROTTEN JUDICIIAL DECENCY.
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        Nilesh Varade
        Oct 26, 2016 at 5:05 pm
        Word thulla is lesser impact than Delhi pokice doing with Delhi MLAs more than 11 MLA have been allegedly arrested and tourchered some MLAs since Delhi victory twice. What is an insult either MLAs arrests or thulla word....if wrong things has a word of expression, then the word is right....
        1. D
          Oct 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm
          It is not just the police of delhi, the all India police force earned it out of their sheer hard work at corrupt practices. And it seems it is no diffrent with the judicial system. Thay have cases pending since before independence. The judges just seem to be pocketing the ries and perks without delivering judgements. Time for the judjges too have appropriate term like "thullas"
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            Ram kapoor
            Oct 27, 2016 at 4:30 am
            Aye din Delhi m yaha Murder/rape hote rehte h din dahade ... And delhipolice /HC ko thulla/dignity/public image k padi h ... Bc kuch sharam karo is vardi k kuch toh izzat karo
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