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SECTION 137 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Deserter concealed on board merchant vessel through negligence of master


Last Updated: 01 Jul, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 137 in Simple Words
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The master or person in charge of a merchant vessel, on board of which any deserter from the Army, Navy or Air Force of the Government of India is concealed, shall, though ignorant of such concealment, be liable to a penalty not exceeding five hundred rupees, if he might have known of such concealment but for some neglect of his duty as such master or person in charge, or but for some want of discipline on board of the vessel.



IPC 137 in Simple Words

If a deserter from the Indian Army, Navy, or Air Force is hidden on a merchant vessel, and the master or person in charge could have known about it but neglected their duty or lacked discipline, they can be penalized with a fine of up to five hundred rupees, even if they were unaware of the concealment.


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Offence : Deserter concealed on board merchant vessel, through negligence of master or person in charge thereof


Punishment : Fine


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



If he would have been aware of this concealment if not for certain circumstances, the master or person in control of a vessel on which a deserter from India's Army, Navy, or Air Force is hidden, will be subject to a fine of up to five hundred rupees.





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