The Centre has informed Supreme Court that playing of the national anthem in cinema halls before movies should not be made mandatory for now. In government via an affidavit has asked the Supreme Court that playing of the National Anthem in Cinema Halls should not be made compulsory. The government while approaching the Supreme Court on this matter asked to halt the practice until proper rules are framed. According to reports, this move by the government has come after the top court in October had asked the government to rethink on the issue of its playing the National Anthem in cinema halls before a movie.

The government has informed the Supreme Court that it has formed an inter-ministerial committee to frame new guidelines pertaining to the playout of the National Anthem. The centre has asked a time frame of around 6-months to frame the new guidelines. Supreme Court bench led by chief justice Dipak Misra may hear the case on January 9 (Tuesday) as the government has asked the Supreme Court to reverse its previous order and maintaining the status quo.

The move has come in the light of incidents when people have been forced into cinema halls while the national anthem is being played in theatres. In the past several incidents have surfaced when even physically challenged people have also been targeted for not standing up during its playout. Previously, the Supreme Court had made it mandatory for cinema halls owners to play the National Anthem before the screening of the movie. The court had also asked theatre owners to flash the national flag on silver screen.

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