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Court issues summons to Kejriwal for ‘thulla’ remark

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New Delhi, May 7 : A court here on Saturday issued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly using the word “thulla” to describe policemen.

The case deals with a defamation complaint filed against Kejriwal by constable Ajay Kumar Taneja of Lajpat Nagar police station, claiming he was “hurt” by the chief minister’s remark and felt “insulted and defamed”.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey issued the summons to Kejriwal and asked him to appear on July 14.

“Prima facie, the court is satisfied that an offence punishable under section 499/500 (defamation) the Indian Penal code is committed by Arvind Kejriwal. So he be summoned for the same,” the magistrate said.

The complainant said Kejriwal has allegedly used the word “thulla” to describe policemen in an interview to a news channel on July 7, 2015.

Taneja’s counsel L.N. Rao told the court that his client is known to be a member of the Delhi police force, and the chief minister’s “derogatory” remark has lowered the esteem of the constable among his relatives, friends and general public at large.

During his examination as a witness in the case Taneja said: “It was found that Kejriwal did use the word ‘thulla’ to describe Delhi Police personnel”.

“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 would have no respect or regard for police personnel who dedicate their entire lives to maintaining law and order in the capital,” the complainant said in his plea.

“Due to acute agony and hurt caused by the attitude of Kejriwal towards the Delhi Police, the complainant was unable to concentrate on his job as he was very much disturbed,” the plea added.

Taneja has been working in Delhi Police as a constable since 1986.

Several other defamation cases have also been filed against Kejriwal by political leaders, including Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Ramesh Bidhuri, and some advocates between 2013 and 2016.

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After 12 days of closure, Cochin airport set to open on August 26

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Kochi, Aug 21: After 12 days of closure due to the flood waters, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in Kerala and the busiest, all set to open on August 26. 

Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters.

One side the compound wall of the airport came down after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex, turning it into a virtual sea.

The airport was first closed on August 9, for a few hours, and then on August 15.

Consequent to the flooding, a Rs 60 crore solar power plant, billed as one of the biggest in an airport, was submerged.

The Cochin airport handled 10 million passengers in fiscal 2017-18.

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Woman set ablaze for resisting rape in Bihar

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Patna, Aug 21: A woman was allegedly set ablaze for resisting rape attempt by three men in Nalanda district of Bihar.

The incident took place on Monday. The victim was admitted to the nearby hospital.

The crime against women and children has witnessed a surge across the country.

In another spine-chilling instance, a woman was brutally beaten by a mob in Bhojpur yesterday. Not only this, later she was stripped off and paraded naked over her involvement in the killing of a youth.

Earlier on August 16, eleven men allegedly gang-raped two minor girls in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.

Prior to this, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Madarsa in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on August 4.

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Traffic stalled on Thane-Pune road after landslide at Malshej Ghat

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Thane, Aug 21: Traffic movement on Thane-Pune road was stalled on Tuesday morning following a landslide near Malshej Ghat.

Consequentially, the route from Malshej Ghat, which is a significant link to Mumbai and other areas via Murbad taluka in Thane district of Maharashtra, has been shut for traffic.

The landslide occurred at around 2:15 am due to rains. However, no casualty has been reported in the incident, but as a precautionary measure and to remove the debris, the ghat route has been closed.

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