Centre’s response has been sought on a plea challenging validity of a section of Contempt of Courts Act,1971

The Karnataka HC Yesterday, sought the reaction of the Centre in a petition which is challenging the validity of Section 2(c)(i) of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. A bench headed by Chief Justice A.S. Oka issued a notice to the Central Government while he was hearing the petition filed by journalist Krishna Prasad, Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Hindu Group Director and journalist N. Ram and former Union Minister Arun Shourie.

The petition basically challenges the validity of Section 2(c)(i) of Contempt of Courts Act, which criminalises publication of any matter which could scandalize or lower the authority of the courts.The petitioners have prayed for framing proper rules, norms and guidelines that define the process that superior courts must employ while taking criminal contempt action, keeping in mind the principles of natural justice and fairness.

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