National Anthem in Courts: SC Rejects Plea


New Delhi, December 2: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea of a BJP leader and lawyer seeking playing of the National anthem in all courts before the start of proceedings.

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said it is not inclined to entertain the plea of BJP spokesperson Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi submitted that the petitioner should file a proper application.

The apex court also said  that its order on national anthem should not be overstretched. The plea asked for the anthem to be played before the beginning of court proceedings.

Ashwani Upadhyay mentioned the plea before the bench  on November 30 to make it mandatory for cinema halls to play national anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect.

In its November 30 order, the apex court had said that “love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag. That apart, it would instill the feeling within one a sense committed patriotism and nationalism.”





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