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INDIAN KANOON SECTION 212 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Harbouring offender

  • Description

    Whenever an offence has been committed, whoever harbours or conceals a person whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the offender, with the intention of screening him from legal punishment;

    if a capital offence — shall, if the offence is punishable with death, be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, and shall also be liable to fine;

    if punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment — and if the offence is punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment which may extend to ten years, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine; and if the offence is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to one year, and not to ten years, shall be punished with imprisonment of the description provided for the offence for a term which may extend to one-fourth part of the longest term of imprisonment provided for the offence, or with fine, or with both.

    “Offence” in this section includes any act committed at any place out of India, which, if committed in India, would be punishable under any of the following sections, namely, 302, 304, 382, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 402, 435, 436, 449, 450, 457, 458, 459 and 460;

    and every such act shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be punishable as if the accused person had been guilty of it in India.


    Applicable Offences

    1. Harbouring an offender, If the offence be capital
    Punishment - 5 Years + Fine
    This is a Bailable, Cognizable offence and triable by Magistrate First Class

    2. If punishable with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment for 10 Years
    Punishment - 3 Years + Fine
    This is a Bailable, Cognizable offence and triable by Magistrate First Class

    3. If punishable with imprisonment for 1 Year and not for 10 Years
    Punishment - One-Fourth of Offence or Fine or Both
    This is a Bailable, Cognizable offence and triable by Magistrate First Class

    This offence in NOT compoundable.


    1.If an offence is cognizable, police has the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court. Otherwise police does not have the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and an investigation cannot be initiated without a court order.

    2.If an offience is bailable, police has the authority to release the accused on bail on getting the defined surety amount along with a duly filled bail bond at the concerned police station. Otherwise arrested person has to apply for bail before a magistrate or court

    3. If an offence is compoundable, a compromise can be done between the accused and the victim, and a trial can be avoided. Otherwise, No compromise is allowed between the accused and the victim except under certain situations, where the High Court or the Supreme Court have the authority for quashing a matter.

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