Provision

Whoever, being a public servant, knowingly disobeys any direction of the law as to the way in which he is to conduct himself as such public servant, intending thereby to save, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby save, any person from legal punishment, or subject him to a less punishment than that to which he is liable, or with intent to save, or knowing that he is likely thereby to save, any property from forfeiture or any charge to which it is liable by law, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.


Simply Put

Section 217 deals with the offence on the part of a public servant who disobeys direction of law with intent to save a person from punishment or property from forfeiture. It says that whoever in his capacity as a public servant with knowledge does not obey any direction of the law as to the way in which he must conduct himself as such public servant, with the intention thereby to save, or with the knowledge that it is likely that he will thereby save, any person from legal punishment, or subject him to lesser punishment than what he is liable, or with the abovementioned intention or knowledge thereby to save, any property from forfeiture or any charge to which it is liable by law, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to 2 years, or with fine, or with both.



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