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National anthem in courts: SC says no please
While the Supreme Court has mandated that the national anthem should be played every time a movie is played in a cinema hall, it has categorically rejected a petition to make playing of the national anthem mandatory in courts.

"We are not inclined," the judges said.

In the earlier ruling, the court had said that it is the duty of citizens to show respect to the national anthem while ordering that the it should be played before movie screenings.

"Love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag. That apart, it would instill the feeling within one a sense committed patriotism and nationalism," the court had said.

The petition to make national anthem mandatory in courts was filed by BJP spokesperson and lawyer Ashwin Upadhyaya who said, "It is a great order. The court can modify it to make it mandatory in all courts including the Supreme Court.

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy rejected his request, saying: "We don't need any adjectives. How can we allow you to intervene in this case?"

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi whom the court had asked for assistance in the case argued that the petitioner should file a proper application.

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