Provision

Whoever gives or causes, or offers or agrees to
give or cause, any gratification to any person, or [restores or causes the restoration of] any property to any person, in consideration of that person's concealing an offence, or of his screening any person from legal punishment for any offence, or of his not proceeding against any person for the purpose of bringing him to legal punishment,
if a capital offence;-shall, if the offence is punishable with death, be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine;
if punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment.-
and if the offence is punishable with 3*[imprisonment for life] or with imprisonment which may extend to ten years, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine;

and if the offence is punishable with imprisonment not extending to ten years, shall be punished with imprisonment of the description provided for the offence for a term which may extend to one-fourth part of the longest term of imprisonment provided for the offence, or with fine, or with both.


Simply Put

This section penalises the offer etc. of such gratification or restoration of property in consideration of screening etc. an offender. The section states that whoever either gives or causes any gratification to any person, or offers or agrees to give or cause any gratification to any person, or either restores or causes the restoration of any property to any person, in consideration of a concealment of an offence by that person, or screening any person from legal punishment for any offence by him, or not proceeding against any person for the purpose of bringing him to legal punishment by him, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine where the offence is punishable with death, and shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to three years, and shall also be liable to fine where the offence is punishable with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment extending up to ten years; and shall be punished with imprisonment of that description as provided for the offence for a term extending up to one-fourth part of the maximum terms of imprisonment provided for the offence, or with fine, or with both where the offence is punishable with imprisonment of up to 10 years



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