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INDIAN KANOON SECTION 213 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Taking gift, etc., to screen an offender from punishment


Description

Whoever accepts or attempts to obtain, or agrees to accept, any gratification for himself or any other person, or any restitution of property to himself or any other person, in consideration of his concealing an offence or of his screening any person from legal punishment for any offence, or of his not proceeding against any person for the purpose of bringing him to 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 seven 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 not extending 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.


Applicable Offences

1. Taking gift, etc., to screen an offender from punishment, If the offence be capital

Punishment - 7 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 less than 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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