Supreme Court judge Justice D.Y. Chandrachud on Monday lashed out at the logic behind the November 30, 2016 order mandating movie-goers to stand up when the National Anthem is featured in cinema halls before every show, saying there is no need for an Indian to "wear his patriotism on his sleeve". The court had also barred printing of the anthem or a part of it on any object and displaying it in such a manner at places that might be "disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect".
A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also observed that the matter lies within the Executive domain with Justice Chandrachud making some interesting remarks on patriotism in cinema halls. The court said that it would not let the government shoot from its shoulders and hence it is the centre which must take the call.
People go to cinemas for entertainment. He expressed unhappiness over the government supporting the order which mandates standing up for the National Anthem. "Citizens can not be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves and courts can not inculcate patriotism among people through its order", the bench said.
The remarks came after Attorney General for India KK Venugopal agreed with playing of the National Anthem in cinema halls on the ground that it fosters national unity in a vast and diverse country like India, and is supported by Article 51A of the Constitution. He gave them time until January 2018.
Last year, the SC had said that "love and respect for the motherland are reflected when one shows respect to the national anthem as well as to the national flag".