Removal of black films from vehicles of VIPs/ VVIPs
JAMMU, June 7: In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Dr Davinder Singh Jasrotia and others seeking removal of tinted/black films from the vehicles and check on road traffic accidents, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice JP Singh and Justice Hasnain Masoodi today directed IG Traffic to report compliance of the directions of Supreme Court delivered in a case titled Avishek Goenka Vs Union of India on April 27, 2012.
Advocate Rohit Kapoor, who along with Advocate Nadia Qadir appeared for the PIL, pointed out that certain Government vehicles were still using tinted/black films without any authority or support of law.
He referred the operative part of the Apex Court judgment, which says, “the cases of persons who have been provided with Z and Z Plus security may be considered by a committee consisting of the Director General of Police and Home Secretary of State/ Centre. It will be for that committee to examine such cases for grant of exemption in accordance with law and upon due application of mind. These certificates should be provided only in relation to the official cars of VIPs/VVIPs, depending upon the category of security such person has been awarded by the competent authority”.
Munir Khan, IGP Traffic, who was present in person, assured the Division Bench that requisite steps would be taken by the Traffic Police to ensure implementation of directions of Apex Court by next date.
After hearing Advocates Rohit Kapoor and Nadia Qadir for the PIL and AAGs Jagdish Parihar and Gagan Basotra for the respondents, the DB directed IG Traffic to report compliance of the directions of Supreme Court delivered in Avishek Goenka Vs Union of India case within one month.
The DB also exempted IG Traffic from personal appearance.
AAG Gagan Basotra submitted that District Administration of Doda and the State Government would see to it that the directions issued by the Court on March 27, 2012 for providing life saving equipments to the divers in Doda were complied in letter and spirit.
Upon this, the Division Bench allowed a month’s time to AAG as well as Deputy Commissioner Doda to file compliance.
In another PIL regarding regulation of traffic in City of Temples, Division Bench allowed IGP Traffic a month’s time to report compliance of the directions passed by the High Court on December 29, 2011.
When this PIL was taken for consideration, battery of senior advocates started making submissions in the public interest and drew the attention of Division Bench towards the grave problem being faced by the public due to the digging of streets and roads in the name of sewerage and non-metalling for months together.
In view of the concern shown by Senior Advocates, the DB directed that proper application be filed in the matter.