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National Anthem is Not Mandatory in Cinema Halls, Says (SC) Supreme Court

National Anthem is Not Mandatory in Cinema Halls, Says Supreme Court (SC): – The Supreme Court has accepted the central government’s suggestion and advice of the playing national anthem in cinema halls but as per the new decision, this is not compulsory or mandatory anyway.

The court of India modified its 2016 order post the government said a final call which can be taken once a ministerial panel will be going to declare all guidelines of the same.

National Anthem is now turned to be discretion regarding this issue lies with the center, the court stated that if the theatres or the cinema halls play the national anthem, the audience must stand up.

The differently-abled though are excused from obeying with the order as per the news and media report said so.

“We are happy. Part of our demands has been met. We will give our suggestions to the panel,” said Abhinav Shrivastav, the lawyer for the petitioner.

On Monday, the Union home ministry filed and a sworn statement post the court, in October last year, asked it to decide on the issue following a nationwide debate which catches plenty of attention.

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Regarding the National Anthem according to the court’s initial order in November 2016, all present people in the theatres need to “stand up in respect” till the anthem will be played before the starting of the movie.

That would “instill a feeling within one, a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism,” the bench, led by Justice Dipak Misra, who also turns to be the Chief Justice of India, had given this ordered.

Post an appeal, another bench of the court — which also included Chief Justice Misra – modified and said in the month of October on 2017 that, “People do not need to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic,” the court said.

Justice DY Chandrachud, is part of the bench, had asked what was stopping the central government from adjusting or amend the Flag Code.

In 2017 December, the Union home ministry formed an inter-ministerial committee which will be headed by the special secretary-rank officer from the home ministry. The panel will also have 10 members who are from the rank of joint secretary — one each from the ministries of Home, Defence, External Affairs, Culture, Women and Child Development, Information & Broadcasting, Minority Affairs, Law, Human Resource Development and from the department of empowerment for the specially challenged person.

The committee has to submit its report in six months.