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SECTION 263A IPC - Indian Penal Code - Prohibition of fictitious stamps


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 263A in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 263A related FAQs
  1. Whoever:
    1. makes, knowingly utters, deals in or sells any fictitious stamp, or knowingly uses for any postal purpose any fictitious stamp, or
    2. has in his possession, without lawful excuse, any fictitious stamp, or
    3. makes or, without lawful excuse, has in his possession any die, plate, instrument or materials for making any fictitious stamp, shall be punished with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees.
  2. Any such stamp, die, plate, instrument or materials in the possession of any person for making any fictitious stamp may be seized and, if seized shall be forfeited.
  3. In this section “fictitious stamp” means any stamp falsely purporting to be issued by Government for the purpose of denoting a rate of postage, or any facsimile or imitation or representation, whether on paper or otherwise, of any stamp issued by Government for that purpose.
  4. In this section and also in sections 255 to 263, both inclusive, the word “Government”, when used in connection with, or in reference to, any stamp issued for the purpose of denoting a rate of postage, shall, notwithstanding anything in section 17, be deemed to include the person or persons authorized by law to administer executive Government in any part of India, and also in any part of Her Majesty’s dominions or in any foreign country.


IPC 263A in Simple Words

Section 263A of the Indian Penal Code deals with the punishment for dealing with fictitious stamps, including making, selling, possessing, or using them, with a fine that may extend up to two hundred rupees, and allows for the seizure and forfeiture of such stamps, dies, plates, instruments, or materials used for making fictitious stamps.


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Offence : Fictitious stamps


Punishment : Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



Has in his possession without a valid excuse any stamp that is fictitious, or. If you make or have in your possession, without a valid excuse, any die, plate or other instrument, or material, for the purpose of making fictitious stamps, you will be fined up to 200 rupees.





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