The Supreme Court on Wednesday listed the petition seeking inclusion of blind people into the Indian Police Service and other cadres after eight weeks.
The Bench of Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice V. Ramasubramanian passed the order, after Attorney General R. Venkataramani requested two weeks’ time to file a fresh response in the matter.
Appearing for the Union of India, the AG contended that the government was positively inclined to accommodate the blind people in IPS and other cadres.
He said a Committee has been constituted for the purpose, which has recommended some modifications.
The Apex Court agreed that some bifurcations were needed, as these people would not fit in all categories.
The Counsel for the petitioners pointed to an order passed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar regarding accommodation of specially-abled in another service.
The top court of the country then noted that they were the employers, but this needs to be examined.
Justice Ramasubramanian then gave example of a blind staff in the court. All the interpreters and other people played havoc and got all orders signed by him.
‘We had to assign him to the Editor of Tamil law journal then, which made him unhappy. It is easy to say, but we have to look at all aspects,’ added Justice Ramasubramanian.
Justice Nazeer said that sympathy was one aspect, but practicality was another. With these observations, the Apex Court listed the matter after eight weeks.