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'Don't overstretch verdict': SC says no to playing national anthem in courts

'Don't overstretch verdict': SC says no to playing national anthem in courts

The Supreme Court directed cinema halls November 30 to play the National Anthem before the start of movies, saying it will instill "constitutional patriotism as well as committed patriotism and nationalism".

Former Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president KV Chandrashekar told ET that he and his brother, Supreme Court lawyer KV Dhananjay, had introduced the practice as a mark of their own patriotism.

"I belong to the Congress".

The playing of the anthem will be accompanied by an image of the tricolor on the screen, the court said while barring its commercial exploitation, dramatization or playing of an abridged version.

"Love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as the national flag".

After hearing this historic change in the airlines sector in India, newly elected president of the United States of America, Donald Trump also communicated Air Force One team to ensure American national anthem is played before takeoff when he starts flying Air Force One. "If politics is brought in and played out in the audience, we may also end up being targeted, I am anxious about that", Chandrashekar said.

The court said that the same could not be mandatory at the courts and bar councils across the country.

The matter was mentioned by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy, the same bench which passed the November 30 order. The petition had also alleged that the national anthem was sung on numerous occasions where it was not permissible.

Appearing before the court Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said, "Since, there is no proper plea before the court in this regard, we can't give a response in the matter".

He also asked why the national anthem be not played in temples, churches and mosques before prayers.