Courts' Powers of Contempt*

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
Courts' Powers of Contempt*

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The law of contempt is being liberalized in every democratic country governed by the rule of law. This chapter discusses how the opposite trend is occurring in India, which was launched no less by its Supreme Court. The contrast is best illustrated by reading the observations of the Chief Justice of India, A. S. Anand, on 15 October 1999, on Arundhati Roy's essay published in Frontline and in Outlook and her book The Greater Common Good — and the observations made by the Court of Appeal in England on 26 February 1968 — comprising the Master of Rolls, Lord Denning, and Lord Justices Salmon and Edmund Davies — on a distinguished barrister, Quintin Hogg, Q.C. M.P., regarding an article he wrote in Punch, entitled ‘The Gaming Muddle’.

Keywords: rule of law; law of contempt; Supreme Court; Indian law; Arundhati Roy; Justice A. S. Anand

Chapter.  4015 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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