SECTION 173 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Preventing service of summons or other proceeding, or preventing publication thereof



Description of IPC Section 173

According to section 173 of Indian penal code, Whoever in any manner intentionally prevents the serving on himself, or on any other person, of any summons, notice or order proceeding from any public servant legally competent, such public servant, to issue such summons, notice or order,
or intentionally prevents the lawful affixing to any place of any such summons, notice or order,
or intentionally removes any such summons, notice or order from any place to which it is lawfully affixed,
or intentionally prevents the lawful making of any proclamation, under the authority of any public servant legally competent, as such public servant, to direct such proclamation to be made,
shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both;

or, if the summons, notice, order or proclamation is to attend in person or by agent, or to produce a document in a Court of Justice, with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

Offence : Preventing the service or The affixing of any summons of notice, or the removal of it when it has been affixed, or preventing a reclamation


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 1 Month or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



Offence : If summons etc., require attendance in person, etc. in a court of Justice


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate





FAQ's on IPC Section 173


What offence is defined under IPC 173?

IPC 173 Offence: Preventing the service or The affixing of any summons of notice, or the removal of it when it has been affixed, or preventing a reclamation.


What is the punishment for IPC 173 Case?

The punishment for IPC 173 is Simple Imprisonment for 1 Month or Fine or Both.


Is IPC 173 cognizable offence or non-cognizable offence?

IPC 173 is a Non-Cognizable.


How to file/defend your case for IPC 173 offence?

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Is IPC 173 bailable or non-bailable offence?

IPC 173 is a Bailable offence.


In what court can IPC 173 be tried?

IPC 173 is tried in the court of Any Magistrate.


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