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SECTION 489A IPC - Indian Penal Code - Counterfeiting currency-notes or bank-notes


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 489A
  2. IPC 489A in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 489A related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 489A

According to section 489A of Indian penal code, Whoever counterfeits, or knowingly performs any part of the process of counterfeiting, any currency-note or bank-note, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.



IPC 489A in Simple Words

If someone counterfeits or is involved in the process of counterfeiting currency notes or banknotes, they can be punished with life imprisonment or imprisonment for up to ten years, along with a fine.

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[Whoever counterfeits, or knowingly performs any part of the process of counterfeiting, any currency-note or bank-note, shall be punished with 2 [imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.


Offence : Counterfeiting currency-notes or bank-notes


Punishment : Imprisonment for Life or 10 Years + Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Court of Session





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What is the IPC Act 489?

Description. Whoever removes, destroys, defaces or adds to any property mark, intending or knowing it to be likely that he may thereby cause injury to any person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

What is Section 489B of the IPC?

What is Section 489B of the IPC?

What is the punishment for fake notes?

What is the punishment for the offence related to fake currency? Any attempt to circulate the counterfeit currency with the knowledge that it is fake, is punishable under IPC Section 489C, and can attract fine or imprisonment ranging from seven years to life imprisonment, or both. 27 Mar 2023

Is 489 a bailable offence?

IPC 489A is a Non-Bailable offence. 1 Nov 2023