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What is Section 177?

What is Section 177?

Section 177 is related to furnishing false information. Whoever, being legally bound to furnish information on any subject to any public servant, as such, furnishes, as true, information on the subject which he knows or has reason to believe to be false, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both; or, if the information which he is legally bound to give respects the commission of an offence, or is required for the purpose of preventing the commission of an offence, or in order to the apprehension of an offender, with imprisonment of either descrip­tion for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

The first illustration attached to the section relates to the first part while the second one illustrates the second part of the section quite well. An explanation has been provided under the section which applies to sections 176 and 177 both, and which widens the meaning of the words ‘offence’ and ‘offender’ used in these two sections.

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