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-

  1. Disrespecting the legal authorities in the courtroom.

  2. 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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