INDIAN KANOON SECTION 201 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender

  • Description

    Whoever, knowing or having reason to believe that an offence has been committed, causes any evidence of the commission of that offence to disappear, with the intention of screening the offender from legal punishment, or with that intention gives any information respecting the offence which he knows or believes to be false;

    if a capital offence — shall, if the offence which he knows or believes to have been committed is punishable with death, be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine;

    if punishable with imprisonment for life — and if the offence is punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment which may extend to ten years, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine;

    if punishable with less than ten years imprisonment — and if the offence is punishable with imprisonment for any term not extending to ten years, shall be punished with imprisonment of the description provided for the offence, for a term which may extend to one-fourth part of the longest term of the imprisonment provided for the offence, or with fine, or with both.


    Applicable Offences

    1. Causing disappearance of evidence of an offence committed, or giving false information touching it to screen the offender, If a capital offence
    Punishment - 7 Years + Fine
    This is a Bailable, Non-Cognizable offence and triable by Court of Session

    2. If punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for 10 Years
    Punishment - 3 Years + Fine
    This is a Bailable, Non-Cognizable offence and triable by Magistrate First Class

    3. If punishable with imprisonment for less than 10 Years
    Punishment - One-Fourth of Offence or Fine or Both
    This is a Bailable, Non-Cognizable offence and triable by Same As Offence

    This offence in NOT compoundable.


    1.If an offence is cognizable, police has the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court. Otherwise police does not have the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and an investigation cannot be initiated without a court order.

    2.If an offience is bailable, police has the authority to release the accused on bail on getting the defined surety amount along with a duly filled bail bond at the concerned police station. Otherwise arrested person has to apply for bail before a magistrate or court

    3. If an offence is compoundable, a compromise can be done between the accused and the victim, and a trial can be avoided. Otherwise, No compromise is allowed between the accused and the victim except under certain situations, where the High Court or the Supreme Court have the authority for quashing a matter.

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