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SECTION 468 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Forgery for purpose of cheating


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 468
  2. IPC 468 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 468 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 468

According to section 468 of Indian penal code, Whoever commits forgery, intending that the document forged shall be used for the purpose of cheating, 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 468 in Simple Words

If someone commits forgery with the intention to use the forged document for cheating, they can be punished with imprisonment for up to seven years and may also be fined.

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Whoever commits forgery, intending that the 1 [document or electronic record forged] shall be used for the purpose of cheating, 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 : Forgery for the purpose of cheating


Punishment : 7 Years + Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Magistrate First Class





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What is Section 468 IPC judgments?

Forgery with the intent to defraud to a greater extent is discussed in Section 468 of the Indian Penal Code and is punishable by up to seven years in jail. The Supreme Court determined that forgery is the primary claim and cheating is a secondary effect in this case. 25 May 2023

Is forgery a bailable offence?

Punishment under this section is imprisonment of 7 years which is bailable offence. Section 474: A person will be punished under this section, if he possesses a document or an electronic record which is forged and uses the same, dishonestly or fraudulently, as genuine document.