The Supreme Court witnessed unruly scenes on Wednesday after a police officer from Maharashtra allegedly slapped an advocate’s clerk at the reception while they were standing in a queue for entry passes.
According to Supreme Court Bar Association President MN Krishnamani, it started with Sanjay Yepule, a police officer from Pune, slapping Kamal Babu, an advocate’s clerk, after an argument over jumping the queue.
When Yupule, in the Capital for training — the reason he visited the apex court, went to the canteen after getting his pass, he was surrounded by a group of clerks who demanded apology from the police officer.
A heated exchange followed. Yepule tried to hit an advocate with a chair in the canteen, some advocates alleged. This enraged the advocates and their clerks who chased him towards the exit gate meant for judges.
He was captured by the security personnel and brought to the office of the deputy commissioner of police, Supreme Court security.
The situation came under control after Yepule tendered an unconditional apology, Krishnamani said.
Police said no complaint had been filed with them in this regard.
Advocate Sanjiv Sen, who witnessed the incident said: “If a police officer behaves like this in the Supreme Court, you can imagine his level of arrogance in the town he is posted. ”