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Delhi HC seeks Centre stand on equal status for national anthem, song

The division bench of acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta, while issuing notice to the authorities, asked them to file responses within six weeks, and listed the case for hearing on November 9.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 26, 2022 2:04:59 am
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The High Court Wednesday asked the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to BJP leader Ashwani Upadhyay’s petition seeking equal status for national song ‘Vande Mataram’ with the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’. The petition also seeks a direction that both be played and sung in every educational institution on all working days.

The division bench of acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta, while issuing notice to the authorities, asked them to file responses within six weeks, and listed the case for hearing on November 9.

Upadhyay, in the petition, said ‘Vande Mataram’ played a vital role in the Indian independence movement. Sometimes ‘Vande Mataram’ is sung in such circumstances which are not permissible, and can never be countenanced in law, he argued. It was also argued before the court that the national song is sung “in an uncivilised manner” in films and at parties.

Meanwhile, the court, at the outset, expressed displeasure at Upadhyay for publicising the filing of the petition even before it was listed before the court.

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