Analysis of Criminal Contempt in India

  • Eshita Baghel
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  • Eshita Baghel

    Student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, India.

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Criminal Contempt restricts free speech. Due to this, the problem is how much use of Contempt can be made today? Some liberals argue that we should completely do away with criminal Contempt. This project revolves around law relating to Contempt in India, judicial approach with respect to Contempt in India, analysis of various cases on criminal Contempt. From the holistic understanding of different aspects, this work tries to find out the possible solutions and suggestions in this regard. In this project, various legal provisions dealing with Contempt under the Constitution, Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 are analysed. After this, the various landmark and controversial judgements are analysed to find out what are the problems relating to criminal Contempt and what should be the approach adopted to tackle such problem. In this regard, the aid of Primary sources like judgements, statutes and the Constitution is taken. Apart from this, secondary sources like articles, editorials and books are also used.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 1, Page 687 - 700


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