SC asks Govt to consider regulating playing of national anthem

24 October, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Leticia Riley
  • Standing for National Anthem in movie theatres not a measure of patriotism Supreme Court

Not standing during the national anthem in movie halls was not a sign of being anti-national.

The court said that while taking a decision, the government will not be influenced by the apex court's 2016 order wherein playing of the national anthem in cinema halls was made mandatory. They were using violence against those not standing up during the playing of the national anthem in cinema halls.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Gujarat government to apprise it within four weeks whether any departmental action was initiated or taken against the police officers whose conviction in the case of gang-rape of Bilkis Bano on March 3, 2002 during the Gujarat riots was upheld.

Justice Chandrachud said cultural and social values are imbibed from parents and teachers and not what courts enforce through its orders. During the hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal had said that playing the National Anthem was necessary since India was a diverse country and the anthem would help promote uniformity.

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A bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also said the Centre has to take a call in this matter. Why should we wear patriotism on our sleeves? It granted Centre time till January 9 to "take a call one way or other" on framing of rules on playing on national anthem in theatres and other public events. "As courts, why should we assume that if someone says I do not want to sing the anthem or stand up, I am not patriotic, or much worse that I am targeted for being an anti-national".

"These are matters of entertainment".

"People go to cinema halls for unadulterated entertainment". The bench was hearing an application from a Kerala-based film society seeking to recall the November 30, 2016, order on the ground that it amounted to judicial legislation.

"You don't have to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic", Justice Chandrachud said. Justice Chandrachud said: "People wear shorts and go to cinema. It is the duty of every citizen under Article 51-A (a) to abide by the Constitution, respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem", Venugopal submitted. He wanted both the laws should be in consonance to each other and disrespect should be made a punishable offence.

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