Governments ignoring court orders: CJI
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Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said non-functioning of various organs of the executive and ambiguity in laws are adding to the litigation burden on the judiciary.
Contempt petitions are a new category of burden on courts, which are a direct result of disobedience by governments.
Such actions show the sheer disobedience of the governments towards judicial pronouncements.
The tendency to delegate the responsibility of decision making to the courts is clearly visible.
The ambiguity of the legislature, lack of foresight, and public consultation before enacting a law have led to a docket explosion.
What is Contempt of the Court?
Contempt of court is the offence of being disobedient to or disrespectful toward a court of law and its officers.
There are two categories of contempt-
Disrespecting the legal authorities in the courtroom.
Willfully failing to comply with a court order.
Article 129 of the Constitution empowered the Supreme Court to punish for contempt of itself.
Article 215 confers similar power on High Courts.
The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, gives statutory support to this idea.
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