Contempt of Court

  • Published
    1st May, 2021

GS-II: Polity and Governance

  • Structure, Organization and Functioning of the Judiciary
Context

A Special Bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat said any move by any State to punish citizens who take to the social media to seek help for oxygen cylinders, COVID-19 drugs, beds, hospitalisation, etc, amid a rampaging second wave would attract contempt of court action.

Prelims question:

Consider the following statements regarding Contempt of Court:

  1. Tribunals can be entrusted with power to punish for their contempt, according to Constitution of India
  2. By virtue of Schedule 7 power of courtto punish for their contempt of court can be regulated by both union and state government.
  3. It is a reasonable restriction on a fundamental right

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

Do you think ‘contempt of government’ should be a punishable offence? Argue the case concerning range of powers devolved to Judiciary through constitution to achieve the purpose of ‘checks and balances’ and uphold the basic structure- welfare state.

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