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SECTION 222 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Intentional omission to apprehend on the part of public servant bound to apprehend person under sentence or lawfully committed


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 222 in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 222 related FAQs
Whoever, being a public servant, legally bound as such public servant to apprehend or to keep in confinement any person under sentence of a Court of Justice for any offence or lawfully committed to custody, intentionally omits to apprehend such person, or intentionally suffers such person to escape or intentionally aids such person in escaping or attempting to escape from such confinement, shall be punished as follows, that is to say:

with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to fourteen years, with or without fine, if the person in confinement, or who ought to have been apprehended, is under sentence of death; or

with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, with or without fine, if the person in confinement, or who, ought to have been apprehended, is subject, by a sentence of a Court of Justice, or by virtue of a commutation of such sentence, to imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term of ten years or upwards; or

with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both, if the person in confinement, or who ought to have been apprehended is subject, by a sentence of a Court of Justice, to imprisonment for a term not extending to ten years or if the person was lawfully committed to custody.



IPC 222 in Simple Words

In simple words, Section 222 of the Indian Penal Code states that if a public servant, who is responsible for apprehending or keeping someone in custody, intentionally fails to do so or aids their escape, they can face different punishments based on the seriousness of the offense, ranging from imprisonment for life to imprisonment for up to three years, or with fine, or both.


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Offence : Intentional omission to apprehend on the part of A public servant bound by law to apprehend person under sentence of a court of Justice, If under sentence of death


Punishment : Imprisonment for Life or 14 Years with or without Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Court of Session



Offence : If under sentence of imprisonment for life or imprisonment for 10 Years, or upwards


Punishment : 7 Years with or without Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Magistrate First Class



Offence : If under sentence of imprisonment for less than 10 Years of lawfully committed to custody


Punishment : 3 Years or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Magistrate First Class



IPC Section 22 - Omission on part of public servant to apprehend a person who is under sentence or has been lawfully committed





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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Section 222 of the Criminal Procedure Code?

Description. If a person charged with a minor offense consists of several details, a combination only of those particulars constitutes the offence. This combination is proven, but not the other particulars. He may be found guilty of the minor crime, even though it was not the charge.


What is Section 23 of the IPC?

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What is the IPC 226?

226. Unlawful Return from Transportation


What does Section 2 of IPC says?

What is IPC Section 2? The section states that every person is liable for punishment under the IPC and not any other code, for every act of omission or violation of its provisions which they commit within India.