Observing that government employees are expected to be polite in their interaction with public visiting their offices, the Madras High Court bench here on Saturday directed police to investigate a complaint accusing a staff of passport office here of rude behaviour with two applicants.

Justice Raja Elango, disposing of a petition by one of the passport applicants, directed police to verify the complaint and register a First Information Report, if any cognisable offence was made out.

The petitioner Imam Hussain, a lawyer, said he had gone to Madurai Passport Office along with his wife on Sept 15th, when one of the officials refused to accept bank passbook as a residential proof. Then he took up the matter with the Passport Officer.

This angered the staff, who quarrelled with the lawyer and snatched the application, Hussain alleged, the employee also asked other staffs not to accept their applications and also asked the security personnel to push them out.

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