Playing of National anthem not mandatory in cinema halls, Supreme Court: Playing of National anthem before screening movies in cinema halls is not mandatory, said Supreme Court on Tuesday. A day after the government asked the apex court to put on hold its November 2016 order.
A bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra said a 12-member inter-ministerial committee would take a final call on the playing of national anthem in the cinemas.
The bench, also comprising justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. They said the committee should clearly look into all the aspects relating to the playing of the anthem and also allowed the petitioners to make representations before the panel.
On Monday, the government told the court it had set up an inter-ministerial committee to frame guidelines on playing the national anthem.
All cinemas were ordered by the court on November 30, 2016 to play the anthem before screening a film along with the national flag to be displayed on the screen through the duration of the anthem, for the love of the motherland.