Supreme Court: It’s not mandatory to play national anthem in cinema halls…

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that playing the national anthem before screening in cinema halls is not mandatory.

The Supreme Court’s decision comes a day after the Central government asked the SC to put on hold its 2016 order.

A bench headed by Dipak Misra, Chief Justice, said this while modifying its 2016 order by which the apex court had made the playing of the national anthem in cinemas mandatory.

The government had told yesterday to the court that it has set-up an inter-ministerial committee which is meant to framing guidelines describing occasions and circumstances in which the national anthem is to be played or sung and observance of proper decorum.

It said that it would require extensive discussions on wide-ranging issues. The Centre had urged the top court to put on hold its direction vis-a-vis playing of the national anthem in cinema halls, telling the court that the committee has been asked to submit a report with its recommendations in six months,

The government was asked to consider amending the national flag code for regulating the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls across the country, on October 23rd, by Supreme Court.

And while Justice DY Chandrachud, who was a member of the bench along with Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khnawilkar, questioned the logic behind the order, saying there is no need for an Indian to “wear his patriotism on his sleeve”, Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, had said India was a diverse country and the national anthem needs to be played in the cinema halls to bring in unity within this diversity. The government stand came as a total summersault of its previous stand on the issue.

 

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