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Thulla remarks: HC allows Kejriwal to withdraw plea challenging summon

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today allowed to withdraw his plea seeking quashing of a trial court order summoning him in a criminal complaint filed by a and await the lower court's decision on whether to frame charges against him for the alleged offence.

Justice R K Gauba gave Kejriwal the liberty to move the if the trial court framed charges of against him.

During the brief hearing, the for the convenor sought adjournment of the matter to await the trial court's decision on whether to frame charge of against the

However, the was of the view that there cannot be parallel proceedings in the and the plea against the trial court summons cannot be kept pending.

Subsequently, Kejriwal's told the that he had instructions to withdraw the matter and the court gave him liberty to approach the high court if charges were framed against the

The court had earlier stayed the trial court order summoning Kejriwal in the defamation complaint filed by Police Anil Kumar Taneja, who had sought dismissal of the chief minister's petition seeking stay and quashing of the trial court order summoning him.

Opposing the chief minister's plea, the in his reply, filed through L N Rao, had alleged that Kejriwal had "crossed all limits of decency" by using the insulting word 'thulla' for a in an interview to a channel.

Taneja, who had filed the criminal defamation complaint on July 23, 2015, claimed that by using the slang, Kejriwal had "intentionally insulted the Police force as a whole and caused unnecessary provocation to the police personnel in Delhi".

The high court in July last had asked Kejriwal to explain the meaning of the word 'thulla' he had allegedly used against 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 had told the court that the word 'thulla' was not used against all policemen, but against those indulging in wrong practices.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 18:50 IST