SC issues notice to Centre on making Vande Mataram mandatory in educational institutions

The Supreme Court issued a notice to Centre on the plea seeking that the singing of Vande Mataram be made mandatory in all educational institutions. The apex court has given four weeks to the Centre to issue a reply.

The next hearing on the issue will take place on 23 August, say media reports. The Supreme Court has also exempt physically disabled people from standing up during the song at cinemas.

Supreme Court. Reuters

Supreme Court. Reuters

On 17 February, the Supreme Court had refused to enter into a debate on the plea seeking declaration that Vande Mataram is the National Song. "...We do not intend to enter into any debate as far as the National Song is concerned," said the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R Banumathi and Justice Mohan M Shantanagouder, declining the plea by a lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay.

According to India Today, even before the row over the order asking cine-goers to stand up before a movie for the National Anthem had died down, the Supreme Court had admitted a plea which said "equal respect and status" should also be given to National Song Vande Mataram.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Apr 18, 2017 14:29 PM

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