National Anthem Not a Must, Says Supreme Court

New Delhi : The Supreme Court has accepted the Central govt suggestion that playing national anthem and observing the decorum thereof should not be made compulsory.

The court modified its 2016 order which mandated playing the national anthem and ensuring that everyone except the disabled stood up in respect.

On Monday, the Union home ministry approached the apex court saying the order may be reversed as the govt will take a final call once ministerial panel fixes guidelines..

Discretion on the national anthem issue lies with the centre, the court had said earlier.

The backdrop
In November of 2016, a bench comprising Dipak Misra, who later became the Chief Justice of India, had ordered mandatory playing of the anthem in cinema halls. In it’s order, the court said it would “instil a feeling within one,a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism”.

Following an appeal, another bench including CJ Misra modified the order last October this time observing “People do not need to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic”.

Justice DY Chandrachud, who was part of the bench, asked what stopped the centre from amending the Flag Code.


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