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SECTION 79 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Act done by a person justified, or by mistake of fact believing himself, justified, by law


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 79
  2. IPC 79 in Simple Words

Description of IPC Section 79

According to section 79 of Indian penal code, Nothing is an offence which is done by any person who is justified by law, or who by reason of a mistake of fact and not by reason of a mistake of law in good faith, believes himself to be justified by law, in doing it.



IPC 79 in Simple Words

In simple words, Section 79 of the Indian Penal Code states that no offense is committed if a person acts under the belief that their actions are justified by law, even if it later turns out to be a mistake of fact, not a mistake of law.

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What is IPC section 79?

Description. Nothing is an offence which is done by any person who is justified by law, or who by reason of a mistake of fact and not by reason of a mistake of law in good faith, believes himself to be justified by law, in doing it.

What is difference between Section 76 and 79 of IPC?

Section 76 deals with those class of cases where a person by reason of a mistake (or ignorance) of fact, in good faith, considers himself bound by law to do an act, whereas, section 79 deals with that class of cases where by reason of a mistake of fact a person considers himself justified by law to do an act in a ...

What is Section 78 in IPC?

Nothing which is done in pursuance of, or which is warranted by the judgment or order of, a Court of Justice, if done whilst such judgment or order remains in force, is an offence, notwithstanding the Court may have had no jurisdiction to pass such judgment or order, provided the person doing the act in good faith ...

What is Section 80 of IPC?

Section 80:- Accident in doing a lawful act Nothing is an offence which is done by accident or misfortune, and without any criminal intention or knowledge in the doing of a lawful act in a lawful manner by lawful means and with proper care and caution. 31 Oct 2022