LONDON: A Sikh person has lost the right to wear turban in his driving licence photograph, following a ruling by a European court. Shingara Singh Mann, a French national, had appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to give him the right to wear a turban while being snapped for his new driving licence, after losing a series of appeals in France. Under French regulations, motorists are required to appear bareheaded and facing forward in their licence photos. However, as the Sikh religion requires men to wear a turban at all times, 52-year-old Singh took his case to the ECHR complaining that the French regulations made no provision for separate treatment for members of his community. But the Strasbourg-based court dismissed the case and ruled that "identity photographs for use on driving licences which showed the subject bareheaded were needed by authorities in charge of public safety", leading British newspaper the 'Daily Mail' reported. In a statement, though it recognised that the rule on photographs " amounted to interference with the exercise of the right to freedom of religion " the court judged that in Singh's case, it was justified. Freedom of religion "did not always guarantee the right to behave in a manner governed by a religious belief and did not confer on people who did so the right to disregard rules that had proved to be justified", the court said.