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In the Matter Of: Contempt of H.L. Sehgal Vs. State - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectContempt of Court
CourtDelhi High Court
Decided On
Case NumberCriminal Original Appeal No. 21 of 1968
Judge
Reported inILR1985Delhi921
ActsContempt of Court Act, 1971 - Sections 3
AppellantIn the Matter Of: Contempt of H.L. Sehgal
RespondentState
Advocates: Party in person and; V.D. Misra, Adv
Excerpt:
contempt of courts act, 1952 - section 3--duty of the court.;action by way of contempt of court is a serious matter. in this action, the court is btoh the accuser and the judge of the accusation. it thus behoves the court to act with due circumspection, making appropriate allowances for common human failings within reasonable limits. whereas the court must always be jealous in vindicating its dignity and impartiality, at the same time, the court must exercise its power with restraint and care, always distinguishing cases where there is a deliberate and conscious contempt of court which is unexplainable, from cases where a person has innocently been induced by certain circumstances or factors to say something improper, which may perhaps been the border line of the law. - - (3) as we are..........of court and perhaps in his enthusiasm, he was misled into ventilating his grievances in this reply.(2) action by way of contempt of court is a serious matter. in this action, the court is btoh, the accuser and the judge of the accusation. the position is the same whether the alleged contempt is of a subordinate court or of this court. it thus behoves the court to act with due circumspection, making appropriate allowances for common human failings within reasonable limits. whereas the court must always be jealous in vindicating its dignity and impartiality, at the same: time, the court must exercise its power with restraint and care, always distinguishing cases where there is a deliberate and consecious contempt of court which is unexplainable, from, cases where a person has.....
Judgment:

I.D. Dua, C.J.

(1) (ORAL). The eontemner Shri H. L. Sehgal has stated before us that lie confines his defense to paragraph 1 of the reply dated 27-5-1968 and that he is sorry te have added the remaining paragraphs Nos. 2 and 3 in that reply. We arc satsfied that the contemner did nto intend to commit contempt of Court and perhaps in his enthusiasm, he was misled into ventilating his grievances in this reply.

(2) Action by way of contempt of Court is a serious matter. In this action, the Court is btoh, the accuser and the judge of the accusation. The position is the same whether the alleged contempt is of a subordinate Court or of this Court. It thus behoves the Court to act with due circumspection, making appropriate allowances for common human failings within reasonable limits. Whereas the Court must always be jealous in vindiCating its dignity and impartiality, at the same: time, the Court must exercise its power with restraint and care, always distinguishing cases where there is a deliberate and consecious contempt of Court which is unexplainable, from, cases where a person has innocently been induced by certain circumstances or factors to say something improper, which may perhaps be on the border line of t helaw. The 'major offending paragraphs 'in the review application in. the court of the Subordinate Judge have, in the present ease. already been deleted by the contemner from the portion of the pleadings which were reported to this Court by the learned Subordinate Judge,. They were in fact deleted .as early as 1-3-1968. Now a litigant may have a.grievalice in a matter dedded by the Courts, but that cannto justify use. of intemperate or improper language by the aggrieved party in reference to Courts.

(3) As we are satisfied that it was either -under some arisguided zeal or under the influence of some toher uncontrolled impulse which induced the contemner to make the objectionable observations, and finding that the same were deleted at the earliest opportunity, we discharge the rule and .make no order asto costs. We, -however, do warn the contemner that in future lie shold be more careful.


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