Prior to the 2016 Supreme Court ruling, there was no uniform law in India regarding the anthem and the 29 states had their own laws on the issue.
The ruling sparked concern that people could be targeted for not “respecting” the national anthem.
MHA panel formed
With the SC asking the Centre to recommend steps related to playing of the national anthem in cinema halls and public places, the Ministry of Home Affairs has constituted a 12-member inter-ministerial committee. The panel has been asked to submit its report within six months. BR Sharma, Special Secretary, MHA, is “most likely” to head the panel, whose first meeting was scheduled for January 19.