Interestingly, the Bombay high court has sentenced a man to one month simple imprisonment after holding him guilty of criminal contempt of court for posting defamatory material against the judicial system on social networking sites.
“Time has come. The courts will have to take a strict view, we have come to the conclusion that you have committed contempt of court,” said a division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Anuja Prabhudessai to Dwarka Hiranandani (56). The judges said they were sentencing him to a month although the maximum sentence under The Contempt of Courts Act is six months’ imprisonment.
But they acknowledged his right to appeal against the order in the Supreme Court, and added that until then, their order was not be executed. They directed the state to take him into custody after the appeal period was over, and if there was no stay by the apex court. “You don’t have any right to scandalize the judiciary. You cannot make such allegations,” the judges told Hiranandani, who urged the bench to show mercy to him, saying he was the victim.