National Anthem in Theatres : Centre Urges SC to Modify Order

After initially moving the Supreme Court to make playing national anthem mandatory  in cinema halls, the  Centre now is back  urging the court to repeal that order.

The centre told the apex court that it has set up a committee to look into the issue and hence the order may be recalled.

“The court may consider restoration of status quo ante…” an affidavit filed by the undersecretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

The officer told the court that govt had been advised to exercise discretion on the decision to play national anthem and maintain necessary decorum in film theatres, so now has a committee in place to look into the matter and modify rules if needed.

The inter-ministerial committee will comprise representatives of several ministries such as law, defences, home , external affairs, culture, women and child development, I&B parliamentary affairs, minorities, education and disability.

The court on Nov 30, 2016 mandated all movie theatres to play the National Anthem before screening a film and ensure that people stand up to observe the decorum.

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