Manju, a transgender woman, applied for the post of a police constable. Manju passed the written test and most activities in the physical test. However, she did not complete the 100-meter sprint within the required time limit. The Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services-Recruitment Board disqualified her. She approached the High Court challenging her disqualification.
The Court had to decide whether Manju was eligible for the post, despite not meeting the time limit of the physical test.
The Court upheld Manju’s disqualification. It stated that the fact that transgender women were competing with cisgender women for a post was itself a concession.
Next, the Court deliberated on whether transgender persons are generally eligible to apply for the post. It observed that other transgender persons had applied for this post. Thus, it observed that transgender persons had not been barred from applying.