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The Contempt of Courts Act, 1926

( ACT NO. XII OF 1926 )

এই আইনটি আদালত অবমাননা আইন, ২০১৩ (২০১৩ সনের ০৪ নং আইন) দ্বারা রহিত করা হইয়াছে ।

An Act to define and limit the powers of certain Courts in punishing contempts of courts.

WHEREAS doubts have arisen as to the powers of 1[the High Court Division] to punish contempts of Courts;
AND WHEREAS it is expedient to resolve these doubts and to define and limit the powers exercisable by [the High Court Division] in punishing contempt of Court; It is hereby enacted as follows:-

Short title, extent and commencement
1. (1)This Act may be called the Contempt of Courts Act, 1926.
(2) It extends to the whole of 2[Bangladesh].
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the 3[Government] may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint.
Power of superior Courts to punish contempts of court
2. (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (3), the 4[High Court Division] shall have and exercise the same Jurisdiction, powers and authority, in accordance with the same procedure and practice, in respect of contempt of courts subordinate to 5[it as it has and exercises in respect of contempts of itself].
(2) 6[Omitted by section 4 of the Contempt of Courts (Amendment) Ordinance, 1959 (Ordinance No. XLV of 1959).]
(3) 7[The High Court Division shall not] 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 [Penal Code].
Limit of punishment for contempt of court
3. Save as otherwise expressly provided by any law for the time being in force, a contempt of court may be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, which may extend to two thousand 8[Taka], or with both
Provided that the accused may be discharged or the punishment awarded may be remitted on apology being made to the satisfaction of the Court:
Provided further that notwithstanding anything else where contained in any law 9[the High Court Division shall not] impose a sentence in excess of that specified in this section for any contempt either in respect of itself or of a Court subordinate to it.

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