'Height' of injustice for Bihar wannabe constable

Confident that he fulfilled the required criterion, Praveen approached the Patna High Court. He told the division bench of Justice Shiv Kirti Singh and Justice Chandra Mohan Prasad that the authorities had measured his height as 164.2 cm—0.8 cm short of the required 165 cm—during the recruitment process. Therefore, his candidature was rejected.
Praveen’s contention was that his height was more than 165 cm and, therefore, he should be re-measured in the court room.

Accepting his plea, the court asked the petitioner to deposit Rs 10,000, with the condition that if his version was found untrue, the amount would be forfeited.
After the petitioner deposited the amount in the HC, the court asked the Bihar Government to produce a doctor, authorised by the police department, and measure the height of Praveen.

The police doctor, along with other officials, measured the height of Praveen in the courtroom using scientific equipment and found it to be 165.5cm, more than the required criterion.

Though Praveen won the first round of a legal battle against his recruiters, the court has now asked the Bihar police officials to appear before the HC on April 12 and explain about the wrong done.

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