Contempt Jurisdiction IV

We fail to understand how Vijay Kurle can urge that the source of information should be disclosed. His complaint is addressed amongst all others to Judges of this Court which obviously includes the Two Judges who are Members of the Bench.

There can be no manner of doubt that every citizen is entitled to criticize the Judgments of this Court. Contempt powers have been very sparingly used by the Courts and rightly so. The shoulders of this Court are broad enough to withstand criticism, even criticism which may transcend the parameters of fair criticism. However, if the criticism is made in a concerted manner to lower the majesty of the institution of the Courts and with a view to tarnish the image, not only of the Judges, but also the Courts, then if such attempts are not checked the results will be disastrous.

Shri F.S. Nariman and Justice R. F. Nariman are two different entities.

The matter be now listed on 01.05.2020 for hearing on the issue of sentence, through video-conferencing.”

Hon’ble Justice Deepak Gupta, Re: Vijay Kurle, [Suo Motu Contempt Petition (Criminal) No. 2 of 2019].