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SECTION 276 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Sale of drug as a different drug or preparation


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 276 in Simple Words
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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 one thousand rupees, or with both.



IPC 276 in Simple Words

According to section 276 of the Indian Penal Code, if anyone knowingly sells or offers a drug or medical preparation as a different one, 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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Offence : Knowingly selling or issuing from a dispensary any drug or medical preparation as a different drug or medical preparation


Punishment : 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



Anyone who knowingly sells or offers for sale or exposes to the public for sale or issues from a pharmacy for medicinal purposes any drug or preparation as a drug or preparation of a different kind shall be punished by imprisonment for a period that may extend up to six months or a fine of up to £1,000





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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Section 275 of the IPC?

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