The Supreme Court today said playing of the national anthem in cinema halls will henceforth be optional after multiple instances of vigilante patriotism.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked its interim order on the mandatory playing of the national anthem before movie screenings in cinema halls. Especially after multiple instances of vigilante patriotism.
This comes a day after the Centre filed an affidavit informing the top court that it was in favour of modification of the November 2016 order, a complete turnabout from its previous stand on the issue. Accepting attorney general K. K. Venugopal’s suggestion, the bench headed by C.J.I. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said playing of the national anthem in cinema halls will henceforth be optional.
K.K. Venugopal said the Centre has constituted a 12-member inter-ministerial group to study and suggest possible changes in the Insult to National Honour Act. 1971 for incorporating measures to enhance respect for the national anthem. The inter-ministerial committee will take at least six months to study all aspects relating to signing and screening of national anthem and the manner of respect due to it and give recommendations to the Centre.
The apex court had on November 30, 2016, directed that all cinema halls must play the national anthem before a screening of films saying that “it would instil the feeling within one, a sense committed patriotism and nationalism”.
During the hearing on a P.I.L. On October 23 last year, Justice D. Y. Chandrachud, a member of the bench along with C.J.I. Dipak Misra and Justice A. M. Khnawilkar had questioned the logic behind the order. Saying there is no need for an Indian to “wear his patriotism on his sleeve”.