Supreme Court says playing #NationalAnthem in theatres 'not mandatory'

Supreme Court recalls its order on playing national anthem in cinema halls

Taking a U-turn on its previous order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 9 recalled its order saying playing the national anthem before screening movies in cinema halls is not mandatory. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra modified its November 2016 order by which the apex court had made the playing of the national anthem in cinemas mandatory.

On Monday, January 8, Centre had asked SC to reconsider its order on national anthem in cinema halls. It is to be noted that earlier, the centre had backed the apex court for its move.

In an affidavit filed by Deepak Kumar, under secretary in the Union Home Ministry, asked SC to reconsider its order.

Earlier on November 30, 2016, the apex court had ordered that the national anthem must be played in cinema halls across the country before a movie starts in order to instill a sense of patriotism and nationalism.

Later, in December 2016, the court modified its order to say that handicapped persons need not stand up.