For an apology to be accepted in contempt proceedings, it should be immediate #indianlaws

Division Bench of Delhi High Court while dealing with a contempt proceedings held that an apology offered in contempt proceedings should be offered clearly and immediately, a belated apology may purge contempt but there is always a risk of it not being accepted. Relying upon a Supreme Court judgement it was held that an apology offered at the time when the contemnor finds that the Court is about to impose punishment, is no apology and can be rejected. Punishment for contempt is called for when the lapse is deliberate and in disregard of one’s duty and in defiance of authority. Such action should not be taken in an unclear case.