The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the plea filed by BJP leader and senior Supreme Court advocate Ashwini Upadhyay
seeking direction to give equal respect to the national song as given to
the national anthem.
The apex court also clubbed the petition
filed by Upadhyay seeking the national anthem to be played in schools with
the main plea filed in the concerned matter by social activist Shyam
Earlier, Upadhyay had filed a plea in the apex
court, seeking directions to the Centre for issuing a policy to promote
and propagate the national anthem, national flag and national song.
Earlier on February 10, the top court had declined to give an urgent hearing on the plea.
petition sought a direction to frame a national policy to promote and
propagate the national anthem, national song and national 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 national anthem before the screening of a movie.
the court later made an amendment and said there is no need to
compulsorily stand up when the national anthem is sung or played as part
of a film or documentary.
In its earlier order, the apex court
had invoked what it called "constitutional patriotism" to say that
people need to stand up when the national anthem was played before
screening of a film.