bmi: Failed 8 years ago by a high BMI, the Supreme Court allows a candidate to join the civil service | India News



NEW DELHI: In a unique case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday used its omnibus Section 142 powers to allow a man, who passed the 2014 civil service exam but was deemed unfit due to a high body mass index (BMI), becoming an IAS officer after eight years.
K Rajashekhar Reddy passed the CSE-2014 on his fifth and final attempt. His medical examination revealed a BMI of 32 compared to the mandatory requirement of a BMI of 30 or less for a candidate for public office. He was placed in the “temporarily unfit” category. On July 4, 2015, the CSE-2014 final slate recommended 1,236 candidates in order of merit for appointment to various Group “A” and Group “B” services, but Reddy’s name was not on it. not. But he was on the reserve list published on January 19, 2016.
In accordance with CSE rules, a candidate placed in such a category must provide a medical certificate of fitness within six months. Reddy made representation on March 9, 2016, for a re-medical examination, which was rejected as being beyond the stipulated six-month deadline.
Believing that it was Reddy’s fifth and last attempt, the SC had last April 6 asked the authorities to re-examine him medically. On further examination, Reddy was deemed medically fit, but after six years.
A bench of judges Ajay Rastogi and Vikram Nath agreed that Reddy’s case for medical reconsideration was barred. But given the catch-22 situation the candidate found himself in, the bench resorted to using omnibus powers under Section 142 of the Constitution to do complete justice.
Writing the judgment, Justice Rastogi said: “This Court considers it proper to order that, on the basis of the medical fitness report, the Union Government may consider the appointment of Reddy in accordance with its placement in the CSE’s originally published Consolidated Reserve List, 2014 on 19 January 2016, subject to police verification, with all fictitious benefits including seniority, salary scale and other consequential benefits, but not salary real for the period he has not worked, within four weeks from today.”


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