National Anthem not mandatory in Cinema halls: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that playing national anthem before screening movies in cinema halls is not mandatory.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said this while modifying its November 2016 order by which the apex court had made the playing of national anthem in cinemas mandatory.

Earlier in its ruling Supreme Court had stated that it would be mandatory to play the National Anthem just before the screening of a film in Cinema Halls.  The central Government on Monday urged Supreme Court to take back its order as it is setting up a committee to look into the matter.

Accordign to Economic times the affidavit filed by under-secretary in the Home Ministry stated”The court may consider restoration of status quo ante…,” The officer said the government had set up a committee to examine the issue — playing the National Anthem and the decorum to be maintained while it is being played.

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