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Article: 204 Contempt of Court

1[204. Contempt of Court.-(1) In this Article, “Court” means the Supreme Court or High Court. (2) A Court shall have power to punish any person who,- (a) abuses, interferes with or obstructs the process of the Court in any way or disobeys any order of the Court; (b) scandalizes the Court or otherwise does anything which tends to bring the Court or a Judge of the Court into hatred, ridicule or contempt; (c) does anything which tends to prejudice the determination of a matter pending before the Court; or

(d) does any other thing which, by law, constitutes contempt of the Court.

(3) The exercise of the power conferred on a Court by this Article may be regulated by law and, subject to law, by rules made by the Court.]

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Footnotes:

1. Item 44 of the schedule to P.O. No. 14 of 1985, substituted Art. 204 in its present form, (w.e.f. March 2, 1985), in place of the Art. as amended by section 13 of the Constitution (Fifth Amendment) Act, 1976 (62 of 1976) (w.e.f. December 1, 1976), that read:
“204. Contempt of Court.—(1) In this Article “Court means the Supreme Court or a High Court.
(2) A Court shall have the power to punish a person for contempt of Court in accordance with law.”

Art. 204 as adopted in 1973, read :
“204. Contempt of Court. — (1) In this Article, “Court” means the Supreme Court or a High Court.
(2) A Court shall have power to punish any person who-
(a) abuses, interferes with or obstructs the process of the Court in any way or disobeys any order of the Court;
(b) scandalizes the Court or otherwise does anything which tends to bring the Court or a Judge in relation to his office into hatred, ridicule or contempt; or
(c) does anything which tends to prejudice the determination of a matter pending before the Court; or
(d) does any other thing which, by law, constitutes contempt of the Court.
Explanation. — Fair comment made in good faith and in the public interest on the working of the Court or any of its final decisions after the expiry of the period of limitation for appeal, if any, shall not constitute contempt of the Court.
(3) The exercise of the power conferred on a Court by this Article may be regulated by law and, subject to law, by rules made by the Court.”

Comparative Table of Article 204 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973
Constitution of Pakistan 1962 :
123
Constitution of Pakistan 1956 :

Constitution of India 1950:
Government of India Act 1935:

Leading & Latest Cases on Article 204 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 :

THE STATE
SECRETARY, HEALTH PUNJAB, LAHORE AND ANOTHER
SUO MOTU CRIMINAL ORIGINAL NO.1 OF 2001
MUHAMMAD RASHID AHMED
MUHAMMAD SIDDIQUE
CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND OTHERS
SUB FAQIR SHAH AND OTHERS
SUPREME COURT BAR ASSOCIATION OF PAKISTAN
FEDERATION OF PAKISTAN AND OTHERS
P L D 2009 SC 284  FEDERATION OF PAKISTAN AND OTHERS  MIAN MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF AND OTHERS

P L D 2013 SC 195   SYED MAHMOOD AKHTAR NAQVI AND OTHERS  FEDERATION OF PAKISTAN AND OTHERS
 
 


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