According to a report published in TOI, the court was hearing the petition filed by P R Renuka, who had challenged the government on the grounds that she was not given the job of her deceased father, who passed in 1998.
At the time of her father's death, Renuka was married, but was living separately from her husband and in 1999, she was granted divorce.
Her father is survived by his wife and three married daughters, besides an unmarried daughter and Renuka is the eldest daughter.
In 2002, when Renuka applied for her father's job on compassionate grounds, her application was rejected by the government authorities claiming that she was already married.
The concerned officials also said only an unmarried daughter or one who is divorcee at the time of her father's death is eligible for appointment under compassionate grounds.
While hearing her case, Justice Hariparanthaman said, "When she has come with a plea that she was deserted by her husband, and a decree of divorce was granted, and that she was under the care and control of her father at the time of his death, the government cannot deny compassionate appointment on the ground that the divorce was obtained after the death of her father."
"There cannot be any discrimination between a married son and a married daughter. Making discrimination between a son and a daughter on the ground of marriage is arbitrary and violative of fundamental right to equality," he said.
Quashing the rejection order, the Judge directed the authorities to provide compassionate appointment to Renuka within eight weeks.