The Gujrat high court earlier this week directed that candidates could not be sidelined for appointment to the Lok Rakshak Dal , on the ground of their medical incapacity of color blindness.
A single Judge bench of Justice Biren Vaishnav while observing that a total of 9 candidates of the Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD) were denied jobs in 2017 recruitment drive for being color-blind, has in his ruling stated that “The respondents (DGP and Surat police commissioner) are directed to consider the case of the petitioners for appointment to the posts, ignoring their medical incapacity, if nothing adverse is found against them within eight weeks of the receipt of the court’s order.”
Further, the court directed the Director-General of Police (DGP) to appoint all the nine candidates who were denied jobs for being color-blind.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Milan Chocha and eight other candidates belonging to Surat, who although being successful in the written and physical examination for LRD 2017, were denied jobs for being color-blind.
The petitioners during the hearing argued that “color blindness does not impede their abilities and does not find mention in the recruitment norms as a ground to be not considered. A considerable number of candidates were not given appointment due to the color blindness following the LRD recruitment drive for armed/unarmed constables”.
Subsequently, the court had ruled in favour of the candidates and ordered police authorities to consider them for any suitable post. Besides, the court also directed to grant them all the benefits of employment from the date of their appointment.
(This news has been written and submitted by Mr. Yogesh Sharma during his course of internship at B&B Associates LLP. Mr. Yogesh is a third-year law student at Chandigarh University, Gharuan, Mohali.)