Tinted glasses in vehicles: DGPs, CPs may face contempt action

The Supreme Court asked the police machinery to not only challan the offending vehicles but also to take measures to remove materials pasted on safety glasses


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday warned the Director Generals of Police (DGPs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in all the states and union territories of contempt action if they fail to take action on use of tinted glasses in vehicles, reports PTI.


A bench of justices BS Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar asked the police machinery in the country to not only challan the offending vehicles but also to take forthwith measures to remove materials pasted on safety glasses by vehicle users.


"We are not emphasising on security threat to nation but it is a clear violation of law. No material can be pasted on safety glasses; this law needs to be enforced.


"DGPs/CPs to ensure complete compliance in true letter and substance. At this stage we will not initiate any action on the DGPs and other officials but issue a clear warning that in case of non-compliance the court shall be compelled to initiate appropriate action under the contempt of courts act without any notice," Justice Kumar said.


On 22nd July, the Supreme Court had expressed its dissatisfaction over tardy implementation of its directions banning the use of tint on car windows, beyond a permissible limit, in Delhi.


The bench had said that the roads of the national Capital still had numerous cars with heavily tinted windows and windscreens and that the users or owners of such vehicles, often involved in accidents, go scot-free.


The court had also noted that most of these vehicles were being used by VIPs enjoying Z-category security.


The bench had observed that the VIPs, who were permitted to use tinted film on their vehicles but only as per due procedure, were exploiting the relaxation granted to them.


The apex court's observations came while hearing a batch of petitions filed by sun film manufacturers association and others seeking clarification as well as modification of the apex court's order banning the use of tinted glass on vehicle windowpanes.


Concerned over rising instances of criminals using black films on windscreens and side glasses of four wheelers, the apex court had directed the states and the Union territories to strictly enforce the ban on use of tint beyond the limit permitted.


A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia had on 27th April said that manufacturers may produce vehicles with tinted glasses which provide for 70% visual light transmission (VLT) for safety glasses on front and rear windscreen and 40% VLT for side glasses.


The directions had come into effect and were enforceable from 4th May.


The apex court, however, at that time had given liberty to the police officers concerned to grant exemption to VVIPs like those enjoying "Z" and "Z plus" category security.


The court's verdict had come on a PIL filed by one Avisekh Goenka seeking total ban on all forms of tinted glasses used in four wheelers.


The court, while granting the exemption to VVIPs and others facing threat perceptions, had said, "The cases of the persons who have been provided with Z and Z+ security category may be considered by a committee consisting of the director general of police/commissioner of police of the concerned state and the home secretary of that state/Centre.


The bench had advised that "certificates should be provided only in relation to official cars of VIPs/VVIPs, depending upon the category of security that such person has been awarded by the competent authority."




4 years ago

I will put a curtain in my car... stupid judges !!

Kumar Urban to invest Rs250 crore in six shopping complexes in Pune

The shopping complexes will come up in various parts of Pune including Hinjewadi, Bibewewadi, Kondhwa and on the Baner-Pashan Link Road, Kumar Urban said

Mumbai: Realty company Kumar Urban Development (KUL) has said it will be investing Rs250 crore to set up six shopping complexes in Pune, reports PTI.
The shopping complexes will come up in various parts of the city including Hinjewadi, Bibewewadi, Kondhwa and on the Baner-Pashan Link Road, the company said in a statement.
"All the shopping facilities, being part of the existing or upcoming residential zones, will cater to the specific needs of the people living there," KUL Director Kruti Jain said.
KUL focuses on residential and commercial development in cities like Pune with presence in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Panchgani and Nagpur.
Its projects span across affordable, mid-segment and luxury homes to commercial and retail complexes, apart from IT complexes and special economic zone (SEZ).


Videocon restrained from making washing machines resembling Whirpool's design

The HC said Videocon has imitated Whirlpool's registered design by merely using different colour scheme and putting some different lines and ornamentation 

Mumbai: In a blow to leading consumer durable maker Videocon Industries, the Bombay High Court held that the company has deceptively imitated a washing machine design registered by Whirlpool and restrained it from manufacturing the same, reports PTI.
Whirlpool of India, a leading manufacturer of home appliances, had approached the High Court seeking an injunction against Videocon's manufacturing of a washing machine that was launched in June this year stating that it had a striking similarity with a washing machine designed and registered by it in July 2009.
"After perusing the photographs of their respective washing machines submitted by the plaintiff (Whirlpool) and the defendant (Videocon), it appears that Videocon by merely using different colour scheme and putting some different lines and ornamentation has imitated Whirlpool's registered design," Justice BR Gavai observed in an order passed on 25th July.
Stating that there has been an infringement of the registered design, the court said, "If an injunction as sought by the plaintiff is not granted, an irreparable injury would be caused to the plaintiff."
Senior counsel Venkatesh Dhond appearing for Whirlpool argued that the company had designed a washing machine in 2009 with a rectangular shape on one side and a semicircular shape with jettisoned panel for the knobs on the other.
"Whirlpool has been producing this product since September 2010 and has so far sold machines worth Rs308 crore. However in June this year, Videocon, its competitor in the market, deceptively imitated the design and manufactured its own machines which have striking similarity with the machines produced by Whirlpool," Dhond argued.
Videocon's counsel Virag Tulzapurkar argued that its product has major variations like colour scheme, composition of lines, pattern and ornamentation.
The court, however, held that perusal of the design which is registered by Whirlpool shows that the uniqueness of its design is the rectangular shape on one side and the semicircular shape on the other.
"...., Whirlpool has registered trade design of such kind. The very uniqueness of the shape, in my considered view, is a novel and unique object of the plaintiff's designs," Justice Gavai observed.


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