On Tuesday, The Supreme Court said that the playing of national amthem before screening movies in theatres is not mandatory. The rule that was formed by this authority in the year 2016 has been overturned by its ownself this year.
The latest ruling by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra followed an order of November 2016 when the apex court made the playing of the national anthem compulsory in cinema halls before movies are screened. Tuesday's order came on a plea by the Central government that it had set up an inter-ministerial committee that will frame guidelines to decide the circumstances when the national anthem should be played or sung with decorum.
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal urged the court to modify its 2016 order substituting "may" with "shall" for the playing of national anthem in cinema halls. The 2016 order had said that all viewers in the cinema halls should stand up when the national anthem was played. Disposing of the petition by Shyam Narayan Chouksey, the court allowed him to take his case to the inter-ministerial committee.