National anthem to be played at movie theaters but not courts: India’s Supreme Court

India’s top court has deemed it necessary to play the national anthem in theaters in the country, but not in courtrooms. 

On Friday, the Supreme Court of India dismissed a plea that proposed playing national anthem before the start of court proceedings, stating that its order should not be overstretched.

“Whether right or wrong, our order should not be overstretched. Bar should show some restraint,” the bench said Friday.

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruled it mandatory for all public theaters in India to play national anthem before movies, a petition was filed by BJP spokesperson Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay to extend the it to all courts. 

The Supreme Court said today that a proper plea should be filed and that it would be seeking assistance of the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi in this regard. 

India’s decision earlier this week to play the national anthem before each screening hasn’t been received with open arms. The court had said that playing national anthem, accompanied by images of the Indian flag on the screen, instills a “sense of committed patriotism and nationalism” in people. 

The ruling, which now requires all public theaters in the country to comply this month, was a response to a petition by Shyam Narayan Chouksey, a 78-year-old man who said he often found himself to be the only person standing while the national anthem was played at a theater.

Supreme Court rejects petition to make National Anthem mandatory in courts. Why the Hypocrisy? Supreme Court only to preach, not to practise

— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) December 2, 2016

In courts- where (allegedly) ACTUAL of the country gets done-they don’t want national anthem.Then why in theatres?

— Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) December 2, 2016

“Do what I say, don’t do what I do…” – Supreme Court #NationalAnthem

— Kataki Bangali (@simplyindra) December 2, 2016

National Anthem mandatory before watching Katrina dance but not before making decisions to uphold the constitutional laws of the country.

— Rameez (@Sychlops) December 2, 2016

You need to stand up for National Anthem before watching Ranveer & Vaani making out zillion times. In court you’re already TOO patriotic..

— Ashutosh Chandekar (@Quote_ler) December 2, 2016

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