Playing of national anthem in cinema halls made optional

11 January, 2018, 08:22 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Nathional anthem is no longer compulsory in cinemas: Supreme Court

The interim order on the mandatory playing of the national anthem "Jana Mana Gana" before the screening of the movie in cinema halls, has been withdrawn by the Supreme Court.

The Centre's affidavit was filed in response to an October 2017 top court order which essentially put the ball in the government's court and asked it to "take a call" on issuing a notification outlining describing the circumstances and occasions for showing respect to the National Anthem.

He continued to fight for the respect of the national anthem and collected more evidences that showed people disrespecting it.

As per sources, the Centre told the Supreme Court that it had set up an inter-ministerial committee to decide on the issue of playing the national anthem in movie theatres and public places.

This came a day after the Centre, in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, asked it to reconsider its order making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of films.

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The topic of the national anthem in cinema has come to an end.

It is no longer mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening a film.

Before the 2016 ruling, some state governments including Maharashtra had made it mandatory for the national anthem to be played in theatres across the state.

"It is clear as crystal that no one can be intentionally prevented from singing or cause disturbance in assembly singing the anthem", the court said, emphasising the Prevention of Insult of National Honour Act. "Proper respect is shown to the National Anthem by standing up when the National Anthem is sung", the Bench quoted Justice O. Chinnappa Reddy's words in the verdict. Until the committee submits its recommendations, a process that is likely to take six months, it was urged that the apex court may consider restoring the position as it stood before the order was passed on 30 November 2016.

Giving the government a final say in the matter, the bench admitted it was not possible to give a list of occasions to play the anthem. The court revoked its earlier order after multiple cases of vigilante patriotism were reported. The bench had further stated that an Indian doesn't need to wear his patriotism on his sleeves.

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