National Anthem Not Mandatory In Cinema Halls: SC

KalingaTV News Network

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday modified its order of November 30, 2016 and said that the playing of national anthem is not mandatory in cinema halls before the screening of a film.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said a 12-member inter-ministerial committee, set up by the Centre, would take a final call on the issue adding that it should comprehensively look into all aspects.

The court also allowed the petitioners to make representations before the panel.

The Apex court also accepted the government’s affidavit which had said that the panel has been set up to suggest changes in the 1971 Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act.

On 30 November 2016, the Supreme Court had ordered that the national anthem must be played in public theaters across the country before a movie, without any dramatisation. It had also ordered that the national flag be shown on screen when the anthem is being played.

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