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SC Refuses to Entertain Plea to Play the National Anthem in Courts

Arunima | CNN-News18 Arunima24

First published: December 2, 2016, 1:53 PM IST | Updated: 1 week ago
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SC Refuses to Entertain Plea to Play the National Anthem in Courts
The Supreme Court of India. (File photo)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking playing of the National Anthem in all courts of the country at the start of proceedings.

This comes two days after the apex court ordered all film theatres in the country to play the National Anthem before screenings.

Coincidentally, the plea came before a bench which included Justice Dipak Misra who had given the previous National Anthem verdict. The plea was filed by a lawyer, Ashwini Upadhaya, who is affiliated to the Delhi unit of the BJP.

The Supreme Court asked the Attorney General for the Centre’s response to the plea but refused to entertain it after he submitted before the court that the petitioner did not file a proper plea. The court then asked the petitioner to file the plea properly if he wanted the court to take it up.
In its November 30 order, the apex court had said that "love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag. That apart, it would instill the feeling within one a sense committed patriotism and nationalism."

It had said that when the anthem is played the national flag shall be shown on the screen and the order should be given effect in a week's time.

The bench had also said that prior to the anthem being played or sung in the cinema hall, the entry and exit doors shall remain closed so that no one can create any kind of disturbance which will amount to disrespect to the national anthem and the doors can be opened once it is over.

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