CAT has exclusive jurisdiction to entertain criminal contempt proceedings: Delhi HC

Aditi Singh June 3 2019
he Central Administrative Tribunal

The Delhi High Court has held that high courts do not have the jurisdiction to entertain criminal contempt references received from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

The Court has iterated that Article 323A of the Constitution of India and Section 17 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 empowers the CAT itself to exercise the same jurisdiction, powers and authority in respect of its contempt as a high court in terms of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.   

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