Provision

Whenever any person convicted of or charged with an offence, being in lawful custody for that offence, escapes from such custody, or whenever a public servant, in the exercise of the lawful powers of such public servant, orders a certain person to be apprehended for an offence, whoever, knowing of such escape or order for apprehension, harbours or conceals that person with the intention of preventing him from being apprehended, shall be punished in the manner following, that is to say,
if a capital offence;--if the offence for which the person was in custody or is ordered to be apprehended is punishable with death, he shall 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.- if the offence is punishable with 3*[imprisonment for life] or imprisonment for ten years, he shall be punished with imprisonment ofeither description for a term which may extend to three years, with orwithout fine;
and if the offence is punishable with imprisonment which mayextend to one year and not to ten years, he shall be punished with imprisonment of the description provided for the offence for a termwhich may extend to one-fourth part of the longest term of the imprisonment provided for such offence or with fine, or with both.


Simply put

This section penalises harbouring or concealing of an offender who has escaped from custody or whose apprehension has been ordered, and in a way it is an aggravated form of the offence dealt with under section 212 of the Code. The section says that whenever any person is either convicted of an offence or is charged with an offence, and is in lawful custody for that offence, and then escapes from such custody, or whenever a public servant while exercising lawful powers as such public servant orders the apprehension of a person, whoever with knowledge about such escape or such order for apprehension either harbours or conceals that person with the intention of preventing him from being apprehended, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to 7 years, and shall also be liable to fine, if the offence for which that person was in custody or was ordered to be apprehended is punishable with death; and shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to 3 years, with or without fine, if the offence is punishable with imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for 10 years; and shall be punished with imprisonment for the description provided for the offence for a term extending up to one-fourth part of the maximum term of imprisonment provided for such offence, if the offence is punishable with imprisonment extending up to one year and not up to 10 years.



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