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Explain the word "thulla", it is not in the dictionary: HC tells Kejriwal

  • It looks like the t-word is here to haunt Mr.Kejriwal yet again. In a recent session of the Delhi HC, the High Court asked Mr.Kejriwal to explain the word “thulla” as used by him on a television channel last year referring to a policeman, as it does not exist in the dictionary.

    Even as Justice Mukta Gupta granted relief to Kejriwal by exempting him from personal appearance in the trial court on Thursday , she sought to know what the chief minister meant when he had used the term for policemen.

    Kejriwal had been summoned by a trial court on a criminal defamation complaint filed by a constable, Ajay Kumar Taneja.

    "If you used this word (thulla) for somebody , you must know the meaning.You have to satisfy the court with the meaning of the word. So be ready ," the court told Kejriwal's counsel while posting the case for further hearing on August 21. I have not seen this word at all," Justice Gupta remarked, pointing out that the Hindi word, a colloquial term for police, could not be found in the dictionary .
     
    Senior lawyer N Hariharan, appearing for the CM, maintained that Kejriwal did not use the word to portray all policemen in a bad light but use for cops indulging in illegal and corrupt practices."It is a word with no meaning, so it is not defamatory ," he added.
     
    HC also issued notice to the complainant, constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, and sought his response on the Delhi CM's plea challenging the trial court order. The CM had moved court seeking a stay and quashing of the trial court's order summoning him as an accused in the case.

    Taneja, posted at Lajpat Nagar police station here, had claimed that as a member of Delhi Police he was defamed by the word used by CM.
     
    In the complaint, filed on July 23, 2015, Taneja had said Kejriwal used the "derogatory" term for policemen on a news channel while talking about AAP government's "constraints" in ensuring effective functioning of the ACB If a word such as "thulla" is used by the chief minister to refer to police personnel, then the general public too would have no respect, the plea had argued. "Due to the acute agony and being mentally hurt by the attitude of Kejriwal towards Delhi Police, the complainant was unable to concentrate on his job as he was very much disturbed," Taneja submitted.
     

    OUR TAKE

    What is so sad about this incident is the lack of sense of responsibility potrayed by the CM. This can be seen in the same light as that of the Salman Khan rape statement. There was no need of it. Public figures, who influence the masses, should refrain from making such statements. In fact, the CM should not have been given the chance to skip court either. The CM should come out and explain it himself.  


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