Plea against navy’s call to reject ‘sweaty’ applicant declined

  • Soibam Rocky Singh
  • Updated: May 23, 2016 13:42 IST

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has dismissed the plea of a man challenging the decision of the Indian Navy declaring him unfit for service on the ground that he was suffering from hyperhidrosis – a medical condition which causes excessive sweating in the palms and soles of the feet.

“The parameters of fitness and the required standards for appointment of a candidate in the Forces, have to be left to the discretion of the Indian Navy,” a bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Sunil Gaur said.

Hyperhidrosis is caused on account of a ‘sympathetic nervous condition’. It is not a temporary condition. A person suffering from it sweats constantly irrespective of the whether the condition is hot or cold.

The Navy as a policy does not recruit people with the condition, as the nature of the job of a sailor, requires them to be mainly posted in coastal areas where the weather is ordinarily hot, humid and balmy.

In February this year, the Navy declared the applicant named Satish unfit for appointment because of the condition. Seeing his chances of being inducted in the Navy slip through his hand, Satish had approached a Senior Specialist, at a Delhi hospital later in March.

He said the doctor after examining him had concluded that there was no evidence of the hyperdidrosis.

The court, however, refused to rely on the report saying that Satish was examined by the Doctor in the month of March when the weather condition in Delhi are more conducive against the places where he would be required to be posted for discharging his duties, that are mostly situated in coastal areas. Noting the submission of the counsel appearing for the Indian Navy that this is not an ailment of a nature which could be overlooked to recruit him, the court said Satish’s condition was not fit for the exigencies of service prescribed for a sailor.

“Taking into consideration the nature of the petitioner’s diagnosis which reveals that he suffers from excessive sweating in his palms and soles, we are of the opinion that he is not entitled to any relief. Accordingly, the writ petition is dismissed,” the court said.

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