Rule of law is the basic principle of governance of any democratic society and judiciary is the guardian of rule of law. For protection and preservation of authority and dignity of the courts, the law of contempt has been evolved. Contempt jurisdiction is a special jurisdiction which aims at vindicating the prestige of not only the particular judicial officer who has been made a target, but of the judicial system as a whole. The quest for conferring society’s support and respect to the judiciary led to the conferment of ancillary powers in the judiciary to prevent any act which may lead to disrespect towards the authority of the court and eventually this power developed into law of contempt of court. Thus, every offender who tarnishes the image of judiciary is to be punished for the contumacious acts under the relevant provisions. Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 is a significant development in this field because this Act does not only define the contempt, it also prescribes the procedure applicable to the contempt proceedings, the defences available to a person who is being prosecuted for contempt of court and authorities to which appeal may be preferred.