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Section 13 Contempt of Courts Act 1971: Contempts not punishable in certain cases

Section 13 (Contempts not punishable in certain cases) of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 —

❝Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force,—

 (a) no court shall impose a sentence under this Act for a contempt of court unless it is satisfied that the contempt is of such a nature that it substantially interferes, or tends substantially to interfere with the due course of justice;

 (b) the court may permit, in any proceeding for contempt of court, justification by truth as a valid defence if it is satisfied that it is in public interest and the request for invoking the said defence is bona fide.❞


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Notes:

The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 was amended by:
- the Contempt of Courts (Amendment) Act, 1976 (No. 45 of 1976);
- the Contempt of Courts (Amendment) Act, 2006 (No. 06 of 2006).

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