New Delhi: The Punjab & Haryana High Court dismissed a petition challenging the cancellation of an application based upon the tattoo on right forearm of an aspirant of Indo-Tibetian Border Police.
A Haryana resident had applied to a constable post and had qualified all the process except the medical one in August 2021 where he was declared unfit due to his tattoo on right arm that is the saluting arm.
Qaulified All Stages But Medical
The counsel who represented the petitioner argued that since the tattoo was removed by straightforward surgery, it’s a treatable fault and the aspirant should not be disqualified from consideration for ITBP reclamation — especially since he has completed all the necessary formalities and is mentally and physically fit.
Also, it was contended that since he is not suffering from any illness, it would be unjust to deprive him of the benefits of the position.
Following which, Monu from Hisar district, the aspirant, reached the High Court appealing for reconsideration of his candidature now that he had hsi tattoo removed.
Makes No Difference to ITBP
However, that made no difference to the recruitment board as their councel argued in the court that the removal was made post the process, which makes no sense to reconsider anyone. The ITBP advocated that the recruiment post mentioned that there there should be no tattoo on right forearm.
A similar case was discussed in the Delhi High Court in the past relating to the ITBP recruiment and tattoos that became a premise for the current matter. A bench of Justice Jagmohan Bansal was hearing the current case who based the verdict on Delhi HC’s decision in 2021, reproted LiveLaw.
In the previous case, the High Court had stated its opinion that the petition could not be accepted given a particular clause proscribing aspirants with tattoos on their right arms. Also, officers could not be instructed to probe the applicant’s claim.