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SECTION 285 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 285 in Simple Words
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Whoever does, with fire or any combustible matter, any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life, or to be likely to cause hurt or injury to any other person, or knowingly or negligently omits to take such order with any fire or any combustible matter in his possession as is sufficient to guard against any probable danger to human life from such fire or combustible matter, 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 285 in Simple Words

According to section 285 of the Indian Penal Code, if someone handles fire or any combustible matter recklessly or negligently, endangering human life or causing harm to others, or fails to take necessary precautions with such materials to prevent such dangers, they can be punished with imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to one thousand rupees, or both.


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Offence : Dealing with fire or any combustible matter so as to endanger human life, etc.


Punishment : 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



Section 285 of the Indian penal code states that anyone who acts rashly, negligently, or recklessly with fire, or with any combustible material, in a way likely to endanger life or cause harm or injury to another person, or fails to act knowingly, negligently, or recklessly with any fire, or with any combustible substance, within his control, is guilty.





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