SC declines to take up plea to make National Anthem mandatory in courts without formal petition

The petition comes in the back drop of the top court making it compulsory for the National Anthem to be played at all cinema halls before the screening of a film.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:December 2, 2016 11:58 am
national anthem, national anthem theatres, national anthem news, supreme court, national anthem in court, national flag BCCI is facing heat from the Supreme Court over its perceived reluctance to accept the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.

The Supreme Court declined to take up a plea to make the playing of the National Anthem mandatory in all courts without a formal petition and asked the lawyer to file a proper plea. The court has also sought the assistance of the Attorney General in this regard.

The petition comes in the back drop of the top court making it compulsory for the National Anthem to be played at all cinema halls before the screening of a film. The bench had also said, ‘..all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem’ as a part of their ‘sacred obligation.’ The bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy had added that the movie screen shall have the image of the national flag when the anthem is being played and that doors of the halls will remain shut during the anthem so that no disturbance is caused.

Responding to a PIL filed by a retired engineer from Bhopal, Shyam Narayan Chouksey, the apex court had further prohibited “commercial exploitation” of the anthem for incurring commercial benefits or using an abridged version of it, while adding the anthem cannot be dramatized and used in variety TV shows. It also granted 10 days for states and union territories to give effect to the directions.

The court ruling has stirred up reactions with many on social media demanding the anthem to be played not just in cinema halls but in Parliament, courts and state Assemblies.

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    Period
    Dec 2, 2016 at 11:46 am
    Lots of FUN. Dipak Mishra himself is M E N T L L Y R E T A R D E D. This new plea is to make M E N T A L R E T A R D A T I O N a new normal in the ROTTEN INDIAN JUDICIARY.
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      PORK.EATING.BHAKT
      Dec 2, 2016 at 11:57 am
      SC is AND HAS CONNECTIONS WITH NAXALITES AND ISI. SC IS ANTI-NATIONAL. ALL SC JUDGES OTHER THAN SHRI HONORABLE JUSTICE DIPAK JI MISHRA JI ARE PORK EATING PIGS. THOSE JUDGES SHOULD BE PACKED AND SENT TO STAN.
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        NAVIN ASTI
        Dec 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm
        Is any purpose be served by making this singing compulsory?In a country where anti-National speeches,statements and even verbal activities are hailed under fbogus reedom of expression,can there be a National spirit rousing by such gimmicks?If Sc feels necessity of instilling National spirit values in the public,first it should prevent 'breaking India speeches' under freedom of expression.Do not know about SC,but ordinary citizen of this country,having any feeling for the Nation DOES NOT WANT A DEMOCRACY WHICH EMPOWERS TO CALL FOR BREAKING INDIA.First restrict that nautanki under freedom of expression.Otherwise these are all laughables.
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          Binay Mahanta
          Dec 2, 2016 at 7:53 am
          National Anthem should be mandatory in all government organisations including the parliament, state emblies, all national and state government offices and the courts when the working day starts. Let all government servants start the day with the National Anthem. Anybody who doesn't do this, should be declared absent for that day.
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            Deen
            Dec 2, 2016 at 6:57 am
            Elite judges Do not want to practice what they preach. National anthem is for the mes and not for them.
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              Constant
              Dec 2, 2016 at 6:48 am
              Hey, how about when a plane is ready to take off? Or an express bus that is about to leave the station. How about when just before a Maha Pooja in a temple? Or M? Or Namaz???
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                M .Nasrulla
                Dec 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm
                Until late 60 S. The National Anthem was pla in cinemas lt;br/gt;Then by a GO it was stopped the reason being The National Anthem was not at all respected by the spectators
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                  Indianajones
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                  Send the entire bench to stan!
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                    Vinay
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 8:42 am
                    Absolutely. And also in private offices, before every cricket, football match etc., before all pooja ceremonies as well. It will make everyone even more patriotic.
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                      Vinay
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 8:47 am
                      Absolutely. In fact, before going to sleep, after waking up, before starting car/bike. It will make us even more patriotic. Time has come for it. Two people have decided that for us.
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                        Vinay
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 8:44 am
                        This is not the rule of land. Please cite tha law which says it should be pla in theaters?
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                          Raman Krishnan
                          Dec 2, 2016 at 7:44 am
                          I think national anthem should be mandatory in all public and party functions. No need of courts to tell this, but citizens should realise it. it will help to bond with the land where their livelihood happens.
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                            rajan luthra
                            Dec 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                            Too much of symbolism, nothing else. Patriotism is not something to be flaunted but to be observed solemnly through our righteousness. Attempt to make political capital out of irrelevant and outmoded ideas in a world which has become a global village
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                              Rajiv
                              Dec 2, 2016 at 7:37 am
                              The rule of the Land applies to all, including foreigner. Will you spit in Singapore streets claiming that you are not a Singaporean?
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                                Tetris Karo
                                Dec 2, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                court is above the law.
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                                  Madhu
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 10:08 am
                                  There should be national anthem in courts too. When courts force w nation, why cant it show the lead by playing it in its own premises.
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                                    Madhu
                                    Dec 2, 2016 at 10:09 am
                                    These judges are anti-national. They dont want to sing national anthem
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