National Anthem not mandatory in cinema halls anymore

ANI | Updated: Jan 09, 2018 14:07 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday, in a landmark decision, overturned its earlier order and pronounced that the National Anthem is not mandatory in the cinema halls anymore.

The order was passed by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud during the hearing of a petition seeking provision of punishment on disobeying the National Anthem.

During the arguments and submissions from various parties including the petitioner, respondent and the Central Government, the apex court accepted the suggestion of a top law officer representing the Centre, KK Venugopal, and said the screening of the National Anthem in cinema halls would, henceforth, be optional.

On Monday, the Centre asked the top court to review its 2016 order that made it mandatory to play the National Anthem in cinema halls. (ANI)