New Delhi: A court on Monday discharged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a defamation case over his alleged ‘thulla’ remark against the police. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said the defamation complaint filed by a constable of Delhi Police, Ajay Kumar Taneja, was not maintainable.
The Court said, “The complainant is not a person aggrieved in this case, the words prima facie are not defamatory of the complainant. Therefore, this complaint of defamation filed by him is not maintainable.”
In 2015, the constable, identified as Taneja, had filed a criminal defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi’s Saket court for referring to the state’s policemen as ‘thulla’. The constable, posted at Govind Puri police station had claimed that he was insulted by Kejriwal’s remark. The complaint further had said that Kejriwal intentionally insulted the entire police force of the national capital “as a whole and caused unnecessary provocation to the police personnel in Delhi”.
Taneja is working in Delhi Police as constable since 1986. On the date of the incident, he was posted at the Lajpat Nagar police station.
The high court in July last had asked Kejriwal to explain the meaning of word ‘thulla’ he had allegedly used against the policemen while staying the trial court’s order.
The word used by Kejriwal is 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.