The Kerala High Court on Monday quashed the stipulation of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) that a visually-challenged person was ineligible to apply for regular LPG dealership.
Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque issued the verdict, disposing of a writ petition filed by P. Baby of Kanjirampara, Thiruvananthapuram, challenging the HPCL rejecting his application for dealership.
The application was turned down on the ground that Baby was totally blind.
Violation of Art. 14
The court observed that the stipulation violated Article14 of the Constitution (equality before law).
A visually-impaired person can carry out any function like an able-bodied person without causing impediments, it pointed out, adding: “Though a blind person cannot see, he / she could sense the activities around with the insight vision.”
Though a blind person cannot see, he / she could sense the activities around with the insight vision.