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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to modify its earlier order in connection with playing of National Anthem in movie theaters.

Justice DY Chandrachud expressed displeasure over the previous ruling of the Supreme Court in November 2016 on national anthem and said, "People are afraid of being called anti-national if they oppose the mandatory order". People go to cinema for undiluted entertainment and to ease out.

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He added that there was no need for people to wear their patriotism on their sleeve and that there could be no end to moral policing on this issue.

According to media, that court direction to centre came as refuse to change earlier order which made it earlier order that made it mandatory for cinema halls to play the National Anthem before the start of movie screenings. With the plaintiff also seeking several other directions, the main case and other tagged cases are still pending.

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At this juncture, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who headed the bench, which also included Justice A.M. Kanwilkar, hinted that the court itself would modify the order. "It is the duty of every citizen under Article 51-A (a) to abide by the Constitution, respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem", Venugopal submitted. "By reasons of vast diversity based on religion, caste and region, it becomes necessary to have a unifying force which can be brought about by playing the national anthem in theatres". 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". "When people came out from theatres, they would have a feeling of belonging to the nation", he said. However, today, the Supreme Court has taken a different stand on the matter. Where do we draw a line on moral policing?

He further said, " next you will want people to stop wearing tees and shorts to the cinemas saying this is disrespect to the Anthem.

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"Why do you think that one who does not sing National Anthem is not patriotic?" He pointed out that it is an offence if the national flag is defaced, burnt or disfigured.

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