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SC asked to provide details of vehicles with tinted glass

 

Reported by Nivedita Khandekar in hindustantimes.com on 11.05.2013

SC asked to provide details of vehicles with tinted glass - Hindustan Times

 

The Supreme Court, which has banned dark films for vehicles in India, has been directed to submit details of its own cars originally fitted with tinted glass or coated with tinted film.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed Apex court officials to provide the information, after they refused to divulge details under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, along with details of cars that still having tinted glass and those from which films have been removed.

Appellant Jagjit Singh, an RTI activist, said it was the Supreme Court that had banned all vehicles in India from having dark films. “Therefore I was interested in knowing if its own vehicles were following this direction,” he said

 

As reported by HT on December 29, 2012, Singh had asked the Supreme Court authorities several questions which included the number of government vehicles in use by the apex court, its make, average monthly fuel consumption of each vehicle, copies of pollution under check certificates since January, how many vehicles had dark films or tinted glasses and who uses which vehicle.

However, Singh was provided only partial information by the Apex court after which he approached the CIC. Satyanand Mishra, the chief information commissioner, said leaving aside specific item/s of information, we do not see any reason why the remaining information should not be disclosed.

Mishra, during a hearing last week, however, upheld a submission by the Supreme Court authorities that information such as the number of cars being used by the chief justice of India and other judges need not be brought in public domain.

He then directed the Supreme Court officials to provide within 15 days information about the cars in use in the Supreme Court at the time of filing of RTI application, the details of those cars, which had been originally fitted with tinted glasses or in which the glasses had been coated with films, including the cost incurred on such conversions; the list of cars from which the tinted glass had been removed.

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Reported by Nivedita Khandekar in hindustantimes. com on 19 July, 2013

Tinted glasses: SC won

 

Tinted glasses: SC won’t share info on its cars

 

The Supreme Court may have banned the use of black films and tinted windows in vehicles but is itself unwilling to reveal if its staff is guilty of using such cars.

 

The apex court has decided to challenge a Central Information Commission (CIC) order asking it to make public details of its fleet of cars and whether vehicles being used by judges and staff have tinted glass or windows coated with dark films.

 

In an April 2012 judgment, the SC had banned the use of black films and tinted windows in all vehicles. Last year’s Delhi gang rape had taken place inside a bus with tinted glasses.

 

RTI activist Jagjit Singh, who had filed for the information, said: “I was interested in knowing if SC vehicles followed this ban and sought details of cars still having tinted glass and dark films.”

 

He was informed by the SC that the April 26 order of the CIC will be challenged in the apex court. “I write to inform you that as advised, this registry has decided to challenge the said order of the CIC in the SC,” Smita Vats Sharma, additional registrar and the chief public information officer of the Supreme Court, informed Singh.

 

In 2009, the Delhi high court had declared that the CJI’s office came under the RTI ambit.

 

As reported by HT earlier, apart from details about dark films and tinted windows, Singh also sought details about number of government vehicles in use by the apex court, their make, average monthly fuel consumption, copies of pollution under check certificates and who uses which vehicle.

 

SC advocates had submitted that such information, especially the numbers of cars being used by apex court judges, could adversely affect their safety and security.

 

Chief information commissioner Satyanand Mishra had said there was “some merit in this argument” but that there was no reason not to provide the remaining information.

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Reported by Nivedita Khandekar in hindustantimes.com on August 10, 2013

SC U-turn on sharing info of cars - Hindustan Times

 

SC U-turn on sharing info of cars

 

The Supreme Court has done a U-turn on a Central Information Commission (CIC) order directing it to make public details of a fleet of cars, including those originally fitted with tinted glass or coated with dark films, being used by its judges and other staff.

 

The apex court had earlier decided to challenge the CIC’s April 26 order. After Hindustan Times carried a report on July 19, the authorities not just dropped the idea but also provided information to activist Jagjit Singh.

 

“On a reconsideration of all the issues involved, this Registry has decided to comply with the directions given in the CIC order reserving the Registry’s right to raise the larger issues involved in a more appropriate case,” Smita Vats Sharma, additional registrar and the court’s chief public information officer (CPIO), informed Singh in a letter dated July 24.

 

After the April 2012 Supreme Court judgment banning the use of black films or any other material on car windows for vehicles in India, Singh was curious to know whether or not the court’s own vehicles complied with it.

 

He sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act details of cars still having tinted glass, dark films and if any were removed. He also wanted information on the number of government vehicles in use by the apex court, their make, average monthly fuel consumption of each, copies of pollution under check (PUC) certificates and who uses these vehicles.

 

The information provided revealed sunglass films on judges’ cars were removed from an authorised dealer at the rate of R250 per car. However, the number of such cars was not provided. The court also gave copies of PUC certificates for 25 cars. Interestingly, these certificates bore time and date stamp of the same day (the day of Singh’s original application).

 

The SC registry also provided mileage of 25 cars during June 2011 to May 2012.

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