New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought
responses from the police commissioner and a senior IPS
officer, who had allegedly misbehaved with a constable and
punished him by making him crawl for not saluting the officer
at Patiala House district courts complex here.
Additional DCP Seju P Kurvila had allgedly punished the
constable who was said to be talking on his mobile
phone while on duty at a gate of the court premises.
"We issue notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner as well
as to the additional DCP concerned. We also direct the police
commissioner to file a status report about the incident on
February 15," a bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said.
The court`s direction came on oral submissions of lawyer
R K Saini, seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceeding
against Kurvila for "delowering" and "scandalising" the
court and its proceedings.
Citing various news reports on the incident which hogged
the limelight, Saini alleged that the order of the District
judge of the Patiala House courts was "inappropriate as he has
simply forwarded the complaint of some lawyers to the police
chief for taking action as per the law".
"The police officer, who himself was not in uniform, took
exception to the behaviour of the constable who did not salute
him. Not only that, the police officer tore the badge and
snatched his mobile phone and awarded the inhuman and indecent
punishment for a non-existing offence," Saini alleged and
cited various judgement to support his plea.