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SC rejects plea seeking direction to give equal respect to national song

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme on Friday rejected the plea filed by (BJP) leader and senior Supreme advocate Ashwini Upadhyay seeking direction to give equal respect to the song as given to the anthem.

The apex also clubbed the filed by Upadhyay seeking anthem to be played in schools with the main plea filed in the concerned matter by social activist Shyam Narayan Chowksey.

Earlier, Upadhyay had filed a plea in the apex court, seeking directions to the Centre for issuing a policy to promote and propagate the anthem, flag and song.

Earlier on February 10, the top had declined to give an urgent hearing on the plea.

The sought a direction to frame a policy to promote and propagate the anthem, song and flag in spirit of Article 51A.

On November 30, a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, responding to the filed by Chouksey, had ordered all cinema halls to play the anthem before the screening of a movie.

However, the later made an amendment and said there is no need to compulsorily stand up when the anthem is sung or played as part of a film or documentary.

In its earlier order, the apex had invoked what it called "constitutional patriotism" to say that people need to stand up when the anthem was played before screening of a film.

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First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 14:57 IST