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.