Finally, Supreme court has made a decision on playing the National Anthem in Cinema Halls on Tuesday. The top court said it is not mandatory playing the National Anthem before the screening of movies in Cinema halls.
On Monday the Central government asked the Supreme court to modify the compulsory of playing the National Anthem in Cinema halls before the screening of the films.
On November 30, 2016, the Supreme court bench had ordered all the Cinema halls across the country should play the National Anthem before the screening of the films and also asked all the people present in the Cinema hall should stand up till the end of the Anthem to show respect to the Anthem. The top court also said the national flag should be displayed on the screen during the Anthem.
As a part of this, the centre had submitted an affidavit to the Supreme court. The Supreme court bench led by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The Supreme court asked the centre to set up a committee to make required changes regarding the playing the Anthem in the theatres before the feature film starts.
The centre had set up a 12-member inter-ministerial committee to make a final decision by making required changes in the law related to the playing anthem in theatres.
On Monday the government asked the top court, the inter-ministerial committee would require six months time to frame guidelines and to submit the affidavit said Attorney General K.K. Venugopal. The affidavit was filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Playing the National Anthem in the theatres is left to the wish of theatre owners. If they are willing to play the Anthem they could play it in the theatres before the film starts till the new circular issued by the court.