SC refuses to entertain plea to play national anthem in courts

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of Supreme Court of India.

File photo of Supreme Court of India.

Two days after the Supreme Court passed an order to make the playing of the national anthem mandatory in theatres, the apex court refused to entertain a plea of a BJP leader and lawyer who sought to the playing of national anthem in all courts before the start of proceedings.

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said it is not inclined to entertain the plea of BJP spokesperson Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi submitted that the petitioner should file a proper application.

“Whether right or wrong, our order should not be overstretched. Bar (referring to Upadhyay) should show some retrain,” the bench said.

Earlier in the morning, Upadhyay mentioned the plea before the bench which had on November 30 made it mandatory for cinema halls to play national anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect.

The bench has then sought AG’s assistance to know his view on Upadhyay’s plea.

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 instil the feeling within one a sense committed to patriotism and nationalism.”

The court had also said that the screen in the theatre should show a national flag while the anthem was playing. It had ordered that the new rules be implemented within a week’s time.

The bench had also said that prior to the anthem being played, 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.

(With inputs from PTI)