December 10, 2018:
On Sunday, Delhi High Court has asked the Centre whether a man suffering from a rare skin disorder can be allowed to use solar control film on his vehicle as a “special consideration”.
“Can’t you give him a special consideration,” a bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat & Justice Prateek Jalan asked the Centre, which has sought dismissal of the man’s petition on the ground that he had raised the issue in the Supreme Court which had declined to grant the relief.
The government, represented by advocate Farman Ali Magray, has also contended that there are several alternative remedies, like sunscreen & protective clothing, available to the petitioner, Vipul Gambhir, who suffers from xeroderma pigmentosum.
It is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair, in which the ability to repair the damage caused by UV light is deficient.
Magray told the court that Gambhir could use sunscreen cream, sun-shade, protective clothing and other amenities available in the market to protect himself from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
Gambhir, in his petition, has contended that due to his disease, doctors have advised him to use solar control film on his vehicle since his condition had deteriorated due to exposure to UV radiation.
The government on the other hand has taken the stand that the Supreme Court has banned the use of black-coloured solar control film on vehicles.
Concerned over the rising instances of criminals using black films for windscreens and side glasses of four wheelers, the apex court in April, 2012 had directed the states & union territories to strictly enforce the ban on the use of tinted glasses beyond permissible limits.