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Mr.Avishek Goenka had filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India, seeking complete ban on use of dark films on car windows, including the vehicles used by VVIPs, alleging that many crimes in cities were committed by people using such cars with tinted windows.
The petitioner, Mr.Avishek Goenka had contended that he had 25 RTI query replies from various police stations to back his claim that many crimes, including sexual assault on women, were committed by offenders who used cars with tinted glasses to evade public gaze and conceal their identity.
On the above plea seeking complete ban on dark films in car windows, the Supreme Court of India ordered for enforcement of the ban on tinted glass on four-wheelers except factory fitted w.e.f.4th May 2012.
So, all the ‘dark films’, irrespective of visibility level of 70%/50% fixed through car accessories stores stand banned now
However, the Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia had made it clear that tinted glass can be used in vehicles of government officials for security purposes and asked the state governments to frame guidelines regarding this.
The present Chief Justice of India -Altamas Kabir (From 29th Septmeber 2012) has expressed his opinion that the Delhi -Gangrape could have been prevented if the above Supreme Court order on tinted glasses was strictly followed and it is unfortunate that laws are not implemented until something bad happens in India.