A plea has been filed before the Supreme Court challenging a Central government notification excluding persons with disability from the Indian Police Service (IPS), the Indian Railways Protection Force Service (IRPFS) and the Delhi, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Police Service (DANIPS) [National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled vs Department of Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities]..The petition filed by National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled challenged a September 2021 notification as per which persons with disabilities are excluded not only from combat roles but also from administrative posts. Senior Advocate Arvind Datar appearing for the petitioner on Monday, requested that the case be heard urgently since this was a question of "national importance."A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Abhay S Oka requested the Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal to assist the Court in the matter and directed the petitioner to serve a copy of the plea upon the AG's office..The plea submitted that the notification was illegal and arbitrary."Due to the notification, persons with disabilities cannot opt for any services in these three and thus miss out on an important career pathway," the petition stated. .The plea further said that the Central government in a colorable exercise of its powers under Section 34 of the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act made a blanket exclusion of all categories of posts in IPS, DANIPS and IRPFS."Though the Section provides right to Central government to exempt any post from the purview of reservation for persons with disabilities, it is not an unbridled power," the plea said.The Central government has to consult the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities before granting such exemption, it was contended. .The plea also pointed out that the notification was in violation of an advertisement issued by Delhi Police in 2019 providing reservation for persons with disabilities. "Failure to identify posts for PwDs in IPS, DANIPS and IRPFS cadres also stands in the face of a Delhi police advertisement in 2019, where MHA had advertised a post (Head Constable) providing reservation for persons with Disabilities," the petitioner contended.