SECTION 217 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Public servant disobeying direction of law with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture

Last Updated: 01 May, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty

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  1. IPC 217 in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 217 related FAQs
Whoever, being a public servant, knowingly disobeys any direction of the law as to the way in which he is to conduct himself as such public servant, intending thereby to save, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby save, any person from legal punishment, or subject him to a less punishment than that to which he is liable, or with intent to save, or knowing that he is likely thereby to save, any property from forfeiture or any charge to which it is liable by law, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

IPC 217 in Simple Words

In simple words, Section 217 of the Indian Penal Code states that if a public servant knowingly disobeys the law to save someone from legal punishment or subject them to a lesser punishment, or to save property from forfeiture, they can be punished with imprisonment up to two years, or fined, or both.

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Offence : Public servant disobeying a direction of law with intent to save person from punishment, or property from forfeiture

Punishment : 2 Years or Fine or Both

Cognizance : Non-Cognizable

Bail : Bailable

Triable : Any Magistrate

Section 217 of the Indian penal code states that anyone who, as a public employee, disobeys a law regarding the conduct of he or she as he or she is to behave as a public worker, with the intention of saving, or knowing that it will be likely to save, another person from legal punishment or...

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Section 218 of the IPC?

4.38 Section 218 of the IPC, which is similar to section 167 of the IPC, criminalizes the intentional preparation by a public employee of a false/incorrect document with the intention to cause or know that it will cause injury or loss to anyone.

What is IPC 227?

If a person has accepted a conditional remission and then violates the condition, they will be punished for their original sentence, even if they have not yet suffered a part of it.

What is the IPC 215?

If he does not use all the means available to him to apprehend and punish any offenders, then he must take no gratification for helping anyone to recover property that he has been deprived of by an offence punishable in this Code.