Playing National anthem not mandatory in cinema halls: Supreme Court

By Younish P, 2018-01-09 08:32:06

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court recalling a 2016 order said playing the national anthem in cinema halls was not mandatory. The government had asked the Supreme Court to make the move not obligatory till the panel decides a course on the move.

This comes a day after the Centre government filed an affidavit notified the apex court that it was in favour of changes of the November 2016 order, a complete turn move from its prior decision on the issue.

The court accepting Attorney General K K Venugopal's proposal, the bench leaded by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra told, playing of national anthem in cinema halls will be optional from this day.

In November 2016, the Supreme Court had ordered all cinema halls across the country playing the national anthem will be compulsory before the screening of a film in order to encourage patriotism and nationalism among Indian citizens.

Justice D Y Chandrachud, a member of the bench and Justice A M Khnawilkar headed by CJI Dipak Misra, had a query the reason behind the order that “There is no need for an Indian to wear his patriotism on his sleeve”.


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