The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to take a call on regulating the playing of national anthem in public places, including in cinema halls, within three months and said till then its earlier order directing cinema halls to play national anthem at the commencement of film will continue.
"You don't need to play the national anthem in a movie hall to be patriotic.People go to movie halls for undiluted entertainment, but the centre may feel that at each of these venues the national anthem has to be played, it is for the centre to take a call", they said.
During the hearing, Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said India was a diverse country and the national anthem needs to be played in the cinema halls to bring in uniformity.
The bench on Monday told the Centre not to be influenced by the 2016 order on the playing of national anthem in the theatres while taking a fresh call. The order made it mandatory for all present in the hall "to stand up to show respect to the national anthem" as part of their "sacred obligation". He said it was necessary to have a unifying force that can be brought about by playing the national anthem.
During the hearing, Justice Chandrachud was critical of the apex court's order as well as the central government's stand of defending it.
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Justice D.Y. Chandrachud opposed the practice of mandatory standing up for the national anthem before a movie, saying, "Just because a person does not stand up for it, does not mean that they are anti-national".
"Should the court enforce all directions given under Article 51 (A) (fundamental duties) of the Constitution", Justice Chandrachud further asked. "Where this moral policing would stop?", Justice Chandrachud said. These are all matters of entertainment. The bench was hearing an application from a Kerala-based film society seeking to recall the November 30, 2016, order on the ground that it amounted to judicial legislation. Where do we draw a line on moral policing?
He wondered as to why the government put the blame and burden on the court for passing such an interim order.
"What if somebody objects to people wearing shorts in cinema hall?" You do not have to sing National Anthem to prove your patriotism.