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SECTION 179 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Refusing to answer public servant authorized to question


Last Updated: 01 May, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 179 in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 179 related FAQs
Whoever, being legally bound to state the truth on any subject to any public servant, refuses to answer any question demanded of him touching that subject by such public servant in the exercise of the legal powers of such public servant, shall be punished 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 179 in Simple Words

If someone who is required by law to tell the truth to a public servant refuses to answer their questions, they can be punished with up to six months in jail, a fine of up to one thousand rupees, or both.


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Offence : Being legally bound to state truth, and refusing to answer questions


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Same As Offence, subject to Ch. XXVI, or if not committed in a Court, Any Magistrate



Anyone who refuses to answer a question asked by a public servant about a subject, despite being legally obligated to do so, will be sentenced to simple imprisonment up to six months.





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