HC orders MAT to observe leniency in constable Lalita's petition

After the superintendent’s office rejected her leave application, Lalita wrote to Bombay High Court

HC orders MAT to observe leniency in constable Lalita's petition

In view of the petition filed by the women's police constable Lalita Salve, seeking remedial action for penal obstruction, the High Court has instructed Lalita to plead the case to the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT).

Since the matter is related to administrative service, the High Court has clarified that the petitioners are expected to appeal to MAT prior to appearing before the High Court. Along with this, the High Court has directed MAT to be sympathetic towards Lalita’s demands.

Lalita Salvane, who worked at the Superintendent of Beed Police, had applied for a leave for sex change surgery. After the Superintendent's office objected, Lalita sent a letter to the Bombay High Court. A bench of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Justice Bharati Dangre gave a hearing on Lalita’s plea. 

Lalita had demanded in her petition that the government must bear the expenses of her surgery and also retain her job after the operation.

There is no law for gender change in the Maharashtra Service Rules. Lawyer Ejaz Naqvi said that the High Court definitely advocated leniency hearing out the petition and responding to it sympathetically. “The High Court has cleared our petition and has opened doors for us. If we do not get justice in MAT, then we will again plead in High Court,” Naqvi said further.

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