Srinagar: Three weeks after the Supreme Court ban on use of black films on windscreens and side- glasses of four wheelers came into effect, the order is being violated by officials and common people alike here.
They include several members of the legal community and the officialdom. Although Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who enjoys Z-Plus security cover, is entitled to use of black film on his vehicle for security reasons, the state chief minister has so far foregone the privilege.
A cursory look at cars parked in the premises of the Civil Secretariat building and court complexes bear out that the ban is yet to become effective. The official vehicles alloted to many senior as well as mid-rung police officers are still having black films.
The Supreme Court had on April 28 directed states and Union territories to strictly enforce the ban on use of the tint beyond the permissible limit.
The apex court had, however, granted liberty to the police officers concerned to grant exemption to VVIPs like those enjoying "Z" and "Z plus" category security cover.
"We want people to do it (remove black film) voluntarily instead of getting embarrassed in public," DIG Traffic, Kashmir Range, Shafqat Watali told a news agency.