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Section 10 Contempt of Courts Act 1971: Power of High Court to punish contempts of subordinate courts

Section 10 (Power of High Court to punish contempts of subordinate courts) of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 (Act No. 70 of 1971) —

❝Every High Court shall have and exercise the same jurisdiction, powers and authority, in accordance with the same procedure and practice, in respect of contempts of courts subordinate to it as it has and exercises in respect of contempts of itself:

 Provided that no High Court shall take cognizance of a contempt alleged to have been committed in respect of a court subordinate to it where such contempt is an offence punishable under the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).❞


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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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