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India govt may stop playing national anthem in cinemas

NEW DELHI Jan 9: Urging the Supreme Court to reconsider its order making it mandatory for cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening of films, the Centre Monday said an inter-ministerial committee is being asked to look into the matter and the government will take a call once the committee submits its recommendations in six months.
The affidavit said the court “may consider” restoring the position that existed prior to November 30, 2016 when a bench of Justices Dipak Misra — before his elevation as CJI — and Amitava Roy asked cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before the screening of films and directed that all present must “stand up in respect” till the anthem concludes to “instil” a “sense of committed patriotism and nationalism”.
The 2016 order led to a debate and a film society approached the court, seeking recall of its order. During a hearing in October 2017, the bench of Chief Justice Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked the Centre to take a call on regulating the playing of national anthem in public places, and also asked it to come out with rules.
This has been conveyed to the Supreme Court in an affidavit filed by Deepak Kumar, Under Secretary in the Union Home Ministry.
The national anthem matter is due for hearing Tuesday before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
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