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SECTION 381 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master


Last Updated: 01 Mar, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 381
  2. IPC 381 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 381 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 381

According to section 381 of Indian penal code, Whoever, being a clerk or servant, or being employed in the capacity of a clerk or servant, commits theft in respect of any property in the possession of his master or employer, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.



IPC 381 in Simple Words

According to section 381 of the Indian Penal Code, if a clerk or servant steals any property that belongs to their employer, they can be punished with imprisonment for up to seven years and may also be fined.

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Whoever, being a clerk or servant, or being employed in the capacity of a clerk or servant, commits theft in respect of any property in the possession of his master or employer, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.


Offence : Theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master or employer


Punishment : 7 Years + Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate





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