Supreme Court declines plea to make National Anthem mandatory in courts

2nd Dec 2016
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It has been only two days since the Supreme Court made it mandatory for all cinemas to play the national anthem prior to the screening of any film. The Supreme Court had also made it compulsory for citizens to stand in respect when the national anthem is played. Today, the apex court declined to take up a similar plea for making the national anthem mandatory in all courts.

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As reported by India Today, the court said, "The national anthem is not mandatory at the Supreme Court. There is no proper petition before the court in this regard. We can't impose it across the bar in this manner." The court has also sought the assistance of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi in this matter. Earlier on Wednesday, the court had directed the national anthem to be played in all theatres before films are screened. The apex court had also asked that the national flag be displayed on all film screens. According to NDTV, the judges had said, "When the national anthem is played, it is imperative for everyone to show honour and respect. It would instil a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism."

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