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SECTION 166 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person


Last Updated: 01 May, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


Table of Contents
  1. IPC 166 in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 166 related FAQs
Whoever, being a public servant, knowingly disobeys any direction of the law as to the way in which he is to conduct himself as such public servant, intending to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he will, by such disobedience, cause injury to any person, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.



IPC 166 in Simple Words

If a public servant deliberately disobeys the law while performing their duties and causes harm to someone as a result, they can be punished with up to one year in jail, a fine, or both.


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Offence : Public servant disobeying a direction of the law with intent to cause injury to any person


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 1 Year or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Magistrate First Class



Anyone who, as a public employee, deliberately disobeys the law in relation to his conduct as a public worker, with the intention of causing injury or knowing that it is likely that such disobedience will cause injury, shall be punished by simple imprisonment.





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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the 166 section?

IPC Section 162 - Public servants who disobey the law with the intent to injure anyone


What is Section 166 of CrPC?

When there is a reasonable suspicion that a delay caused by the officer in charge at another police station causing a search under Sub-Section 1 could result in evidence being destroyed or concealed of an offense, an officer responsible for a police station may be able to do so.


What is Section 166b of the IPC amendment?

Anyone in charge of any hospital, public or privately run, whether it is managed by the Central Government or the State Government or local authorities or anyone else, who violates the provisions of Section 1 357C of Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 will be punished with imprisonment of up to one year.