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SECTION 174 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Non-attendance in obedience to an order from public servant


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 174 in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 174 related FAQs
Whoever, being legally bound to attend in person or by an agent at a certain place and time in obedience to a summons, notice, order, or proclamation proceeding from any public servant legally competent, as such public servant, to issue the same, intentionally omits to attend at that place or time, or departs from the place where he is bound to attend before the time at which it is lawful for him to depart, 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 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.



IPC 174 in Simple Words

If someone is legally required to appear at a certain place and time in response to a summons, notice, order, or proclamation from a public servant but intentionally fails to attend or leaves before the allowed time, they can be punished with up to one month in jail, a fine of up to five hundred rupees, or both; and if the requirement is to appear in a Court of Justice, the punishment can be up to six months in jail, a fine of up to one thousand rupees, or both.


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Offence : Not obeying a legal order to attend at a certain place in person or by agent, or departing therefrom without authority


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 1 Month or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



Offence : If the order requires personal attendance, etc., in court of Justice


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



Non-compliance with a court order to appear in a particular place, either personally or through an agent. Or leaving without authorization. The order may require personal attendance in court, etc. One month of simple imprisonment or a fine of 500 rupees or both.





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