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Under what circumstances screening the offender from punishment is punishable?

Under what circumstances screening the offender from punishment is punishable?

Sometimes, the police or the other Govt. servants or any other person misuse their powers and try to protect/save the actual offender. It is a great set back to the victim and the victim’s family. However, there is a remedy. A case can be instituted under the following sections of IPC against such officers/persons through FIR or on criminal complaint to the Judicial Magistrate’s court, as the case may be, by any one :

Section 201 : Causing disappearance of evidence: If an offence has been committed and someone knowing or having reason to believe that an offence has been committed.

Section 204 : Destruction of document to prevent its production as evidence.

Section 212 : Harbouring offender : If an offence has been committed and a person A harbours/conceals a person Z knowing or reason to believe him to be the offender, with the intention of screening Z from legal punishment, then he would be liable for punishment.

Section 213 : Taking gift, etc., to screen offender from punishment.

Section 214 : Offering gift or restoration of property in consideration of screening offender.

Section 215 : Taking help to recover stolen property etc.

Section 216A : Penalty for harbouring robber or dacoits.


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