India National Anthem Not Mandatory In Cinema Halls, Says Supreme Court

11:06  09 january  2018
11:06  09 january  2018 Source:   ndtv.com

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday made the playing of national anthem in cinema halls before screening of movies optional. The apex court modified its November 30, 2016, order by which it had made playing of the anthem mandatory in cinema halls before the screening of a film.

National Anthem in cinema hall case: Supreme Court on Tuesday has modified its earlier order of making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of films. The apex court today said that it is not compulsory to play the national anthem in cinema halls now.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has accepted the centre's suggestion that the playing of national anthem before the screening of movies should not be made compulsory. The court modified its 2016 order a day after the government said a final call can be taken on the issue once a ministerial panel comes up with its guidelines on this.

  National Anthem Not Mandatory In Cinema Halls, Says Supreme Court

The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry on Monday came after the court, in October, asked it to decide on the matter following a countrywide debate on its earlier order that made the playing of national anthem at movie halls mandatory.

The initial order, issued in November 2016, said all those present in theatres must "stand up in respect" till the anthem ended. The practice would "instill a feeling within one, a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," the bench, led by Justice Dipak Misra, who later became the Chief Justice of India, had ruled.

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Supreme Court on Tuesday modified its order on National Anthem , saying that playing the anthem before the screening of a feature film is not mandatory in cinema halls .

The Supreme Court today asked why the Centre can't amend the law to make it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem , and why the burden should be "thrown on In November, the top court had passed an order saying cinema halls should play the national anthem before films.

After an appeal to recall the order, a different bench of the court - which also included Chief Justice Misra -- modified it last October.

"People do not need to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic," the court said, adding that it "cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for national anthem, then he is less patriotic".

The court said the government should take a call on the issue, instead of "shooting from the court's shoulder". Criticising the government's inaction, Justice DY Chandrachud, who was part of the bench, asked what was stopping it from amending the Flag Code.

"Nowadays, the anthem is played during matches, tournaments and even Olympics where half of the crowd does not understand its meaning... You can amend it and say where to play national anthem and where it can't be done," the judge said.

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