Gujarat High Court stays contempt proceedings against Madhya Pradesh officials in 2008 serial blasts case

  • | Thursday | 20th June, 2019

The Gujarat High Court’s single judge bench of Justice SH Vora has stayed a special court, which is hearing the 2008 serial blasts case, from initiating contempt proceedings against Madhya Pradesh government officials for not shifting 10 serial blasts accused from a jail in MP to Sabarmati central jail in Ahmedabad. The high court also clarified that the accused would remain lodged in the Bhopal central jail for the time being and face the trial in the blasts case through video conferencing. Eventually, the MP government challenged the special court’s order before the Gujarat High Court. It contended that the trial court cannot issue production warrants before section 268 of CrPC is revoked. The high court agreed with the submissions made by the MP government and termed the trial court’s order as “general and vague” and said that the power of initiating contempt is vested with the high court.

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