SC Refuses To Modify Order On Playing National Anthem


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to modify its earlier order in connection with playing of National Anthem in movie theaters. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for January 9.

The top court also observed that not singing National Anthem at the movie theatres was not a sign of anti-nationalism. The court, on November 30, 2016, had made it mandatory for movie halls to play the National Anthem before the screening of movies.

It had later clarified that movie watchers would not be obliged to stand for the anthem if it is part of the film that is being screened. There have since been numerous incidents where people have been harassed at movie halls for not standing during the Anthem. The move has since attracted controversy, with arguments pitched online – both in favour of and against the move.