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SECTION 124 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Assaulting President, Governor, etc., with intent to compel or restrain the exercise of any lawful power


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 124 in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 124 related FAQs
Whoever, with the intention of inducing or compelling the President of India, or Governor of any State, to exercise or refrain from exercising in any manner any of the lawful powers of such President or Governor, assaults or wrongfully restrains, or attempts wrongfully to restrain, or overawes, by means of criminal force or the show of criminal force, or attempts so to overawe, such President or Governor, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.



IPC 124 in Simple Words

If someone assaults or wrongfully restrains the President of India or Governor of a State with the intention of influencing their lawful powers, they can be punished with imprisonment of up to seven years and may also be fined.


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Offence : Assaulting President, Governor, etc., with intent to compel or restrain the exercise of any lawful power


Punishment : 7 Years + Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Court of Session



The criminal act of assaulting, wrongfully restraining, or attempting to wrongfully restrain or overawe the President of India or the Governor of any state, in order to induce or force them to exercise their lawful powers, or to refrain from doing so, is a crime.





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Frequently Asked Questions


Is Section 124 bailable or not?

This is not a bailable offense. The punishment under Section 124A can range from imprisonment of up to three years, or even a lifetime term. A fine can be added. The person who is charged with a crime under this law will be barred from holding a job in the government. 5 Jun 2023


What is Section 124 of IPC Supreme Court Judgement?

S. 124A was inserted into our laws by the British colonial authorities in 1870, to suppress the independence movements. However, even after independence S. 124A remains on the books. Kedar Nath Singh V. 13 Sept 2023, a Supreme Court 5-judge panel upheld the law shortly after independence.


What is Section 124 of the Indian Kanoon?

124. Assaulting a President, Governor or other official with the intent to restrain their exercise of lawful powers.