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Section 177 IPC Furnishing false information

Section 177 of Indian Penal Code 1860 : 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.


(a) A, a landholder, knowing of the commission of a murder within the limits of his estate, wilfully misinforms the Magistrate of the district that the death has occurred by accident in consequence of the bite of a snake. A is guilty of the offence defined in this section.

(b) A, a village watchman, knowing that a considerable body of strangers has passed through his village in order to commit a dacoity in the house of Z, a wealthy merchant residing in a neighbouring place, and being bound under clause 5, section VII, 1Regulation III, 1821, of the Bengal Code, to give early and punctual information of the above fact to the officer of the nearest police-station, wilfully misinforms the police officer that a body of suspicious characters passed through the village with a view to commit dacoity in a certain distant place in a different direction. Here A is guilty of the offence defined in the latter part of this section.

2 [Explanation.-In section 176 and in this section the word "offence" includes any act committed at any place out of 3 [India], which, if committed in 156 [India], would be punishable under any of the following following sections, namely, 302, 304, 382, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 402, 435, 436, 449, 450, 457, 458, 459 and 460; and the word offender includes any person who is alleged to have been guilty of any such act.]

1. Rep. by Act 17 of 1862, s. VII and Sch.

2. Added by Act 3 of 1894, s. 5.

3. The words "British India" have successively been subs. by the A. O. 1948, the A. O. 1950 and Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and the Sch., to read as above.

Indian Penal Code 1860

Section 174A Non-appearance in response to a proclamation under section 82 of Act 2 of 1974

Section 175 Omission to produce document to public servant by person legally bound to produce it

Section 176 Omission to give notice or information to public servant by person legally bound to give it

Section 177 Furnishing false information

Section 178 Refusing oath or affirmation when duly required by public servant to make it

Section 179 Refusing to answer public servant authorised to question

Section 180 Refusing to sign statement

Section 181 False statement on oath or affirmation to public servant or person authorised to administer an oath or affirmation

Section 182 False information, with intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person

Section 183 Resistance to the taking of property by the lawful authority of a public servant

Section 184 Obstructing sale of property offered for sale by authority of public servant

Section 185 Illegal purchase or bid for property offered for sale by authority of public servant

Section 186 Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions

Section 187 Omission to assist public servant when bound by law to give assistance

Section 188 Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant

Section 189 Threat of injury to public servant

Section 190 Threat of injury to induce person to refrain from applying for protection to public servant

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