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BREAKING NEWS! National Anthem in Theatres; Supreme Court’s verdict

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

The SC’s decision comes a day after the Central government asked the SC to put on hold its December 2016 order making mandatory the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls and the audience to stand up during its rendition.

The government had yesterday told the court that it has set-up an inter-ministerial committee for framing guidelines describing occasions and circumstances in which the national anthem is to be played or sung and the observance of proper decorum, it said that it would require extensive discussions on wide-ranging issues. 

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Telling the court that the committee has been asked to submit a report with its recommendations in six months, the Centre had urged the top court to put on hold its direction vis-a-vis playing of the national anthem in cinema halls.

The government stand came as a total summersault of its previous stand on the issue. 

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

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.


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