The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea by a lawyer that sought direction for playing the national anthem before the apex court, the High Courts and other lower court proceedings. The Supreme Court said that the national anthem was not mandatory on the top court and it cannot impose the decision across the bar. The Supreme Court further said that its order of playing national anthem in cinema halls before the movie starts should not be overstretched. The SC refused the entertain the plea after the Attorney General submitted that the petitioner should file a proper application.
This decision comes just days after the Supreme Court had ordered that the national anthem must be played inside all cinema halls before the movie starts and everyone should stand up to pay their respect. The Sc had also directed the national flag be shown on screen while the anthem was being played. Meanwhile, the Central government had agreed to circulate the Supreme Court’s order to all States’ Chief Secretaries and to publish it on electronic and print media. The Supreme Court was hearing a PIL filed by Shyam Narayan Chouksey which had sought directions to play the national anthem in cinema halls before ethe movie begun. The SC had then asked the government to specify as to what would amount to the disrespect and abuse of the national anthem.
A bench of justices, Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy had passed the order while hearing a petition referring to the provisions in the Preventions of Insults of National Honour Act, 1971. The petition had also alleged that the national anthem was sung on numerous occasions where it was not permissible. The petition, which was filed by advocate Abhinav Srivastava stated that the national anthem had to be respected with due honour by every citizen of the country. The petition had also suggested various suggestions avoid the alleged abuses to its integrity.