The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971
4. Fair and accurate report of judicial proceeding not contempt –
Subject to the provisions contained In section 7, a person shall not be guilty of contempt of court for publishing a fair and accurate report of a judicial proceeding or any state thereof.
(i) The words “judicial proceeding” means day-to-day proceedings of the court. The media reports must represent a fair and accurate report of a judicial proceeding and not be a one-sided picture; Subhash Chand v. S.M. Aggarwal, 1984 Cr LJ 481.
(ii) Fair and accurate reporting of the judgment is essential for the healthy administration of justice; Progressive Port and Dock Workers Union (in re:), 1984 Cr LJ 1061 (Ker).