Whoever gives or fabricates false evidence, intending thereby to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby cause, any person to be convicted of an offence which is capital 1 [by the law for the time being in force in 2 [India]] shall be punished with 3 [imprisonment for life], or with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
If innocent person be thereby convicted and executed. - and if an innocent person be convicted and executed in consequence of such false evidence, the person who gives such false evidence shall be punished either with death or the punishment hereinbefore described.
1. Subs. by the A.O. 1948, for "by the law of British India or England".
2. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and the Sch., for "the States".
3. Subs. by Act 26 of 1955, s. 117 and the Sch., "for transportation for life" (w.e.f. 1-1-1956).