The Supreme Court (SC) today raised objections to the playing of National Anthem at cinema halls and asked the government to consider changing the policy on the same. The Supreme Court asked the government to consider making changes in the national flag code that governs the playing of National Anthem across all cinema halls in the country. Ironically, it was the Supreme Court that had ordered last year that the national anthem should be played across all cinema halls and that people should stand up and show respect. At that time, the Supreme Court had said that the playing of National Anthem will promote patriotism and nationalism. However, today, the Supreme Court has taken a different stand on the matter.
In response to a petition challenging the playing of National Anthem in cinema halls, a Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said that it is up to the central government to take a decision on the matter. The court said that the center should not be influenced by any of the earlier orders or current observations of the Supreme Court in this matter. 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. The bench said that it may also modify its earlier order that had made playing the National Anthem mandatory across all cinema halls in the country.