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SECTION 274 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Adulteration of drugs


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 274
  2. IPC 274 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 274 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 274

According to section 274 of Indian penal code, Whoever adulterates any drug or medical preparation in such a manner as to lessen the efficacy or change the operation of such drug or medical preparation, or to make it noxious, intending that it shall be sold or used for, or knowing it to be likely that it will be sold or used for, any medicinal purpose, as it had not undergone such adulteration, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.



IPC 274 in Simple Words

According to section 274 of the Indian Penal Code, if anyone intentionally adulterates a drug or medical preparation to reduce its effectiveness or make it harmful, with the intention of selling it for medicinal purposes, they can be punished with imprisonment for up to six months, or a fine of up to one thousand rupees, or both.

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Whoever adulterates any drug or medical preparation in such a manner as to lessen the efficacy or change the operation of such drug or medical preparation, or to make it noxious, intending that it shall be sold or used for, or knowing it to be likely that it will be sold or used for, any medicinal purpose, as it had ...


Offence : Adulterating any drug or medical preparation intended for sale so as to lessen its efficacy, or to change its operation, or to make it noxious


Punishment : 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate





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What is Section 275 of the IPC?

Whoever, knowing any drug or medical preparation to have been adulterated in such a manner as to lessen its efficacy, to change its operation, or to render it noxious, sells the same, or offers or exposes it for sale, or issues it from any dispensary for medicinal purposes as unadulterated, or causes it to be used for ...

What is IPC Act 276?

Whoever knowingly sells, or offers or exposes for sale, or issues from a dispensary for medicinal purposes, any drug or medical preparation, as a different drug or medical preparation, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to ...

What is IPC 273?

Whoever sells, or offers or exposes for sale, as food or drink, any article which has been rendered or has become noxious, or is in a state unfit for food or drink, knowing or having reason to believe that the same is noxious as food or drink, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which ...

What is the section of IPC adulteration?

Under Section 272, any person who commits an offence of adulteration of food or drink is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine, or both.