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 the screening of films. The apex court yesterday said that it is not compulsory to play the national anthem in cinema halls now. This comes a day after the central government had urged the Supreme Court to reconsider its order. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said a 12-member inter-ministerial committee, set up by the Centre, would take a final call on the playing of the national anthem in the cinemas. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the committee should comprehensively look into all the aspects relating to the playing of national anthem and allowed the petitioners to make representations before the panel.
On Monday, the Centre had said that an inter-ministerial committee is being asked to look into the matter. The government had said that it will take a call once the committee submits its recommendations in six months. It decided to constitute an inter-ministerial committee headed by Additional Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs, with representatives from various other ministries, including the Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Culture, Woman and Child Development and Parliamentary Affairs. The inter-ministerial committee has been set up as the framing of guidelines describing circumstances and occasions on which the national anthem is to be played or sung, and observance of proper decorum on such occasions requires extensive consultations.
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The apex court had in its November 30, 2016, order said that “love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag”. It had also barred printing of the anthem or a part of it on any object and displaying it in such a manner at places which may be “disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect”.