New Delhi, November 30: Supreme Court, today directed that the national anthem must be played in theatres before movie screenings accompanied by the national flag on the screen. The Court added that people must rise and pay respect to the national anthem.
The court also ruled that the anthem should not be commercially exploited or dramatized. "When the national anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honor and respect. It would instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," it said.
The apex court has also said that the national anthem must not be printed on any undesirable object.
In 2003, the Maharashtra government passed an order asking for the anthem to be played before the screening of any film.