Provision

Whoever, being a pubic servant, legally bound as such public servant to apprehend or to keep in confinement any person charged with or liable to be apprehended for an offence, intentionally omits to apprehend such person, or intentionally suffers such person to escape, or intentionally aids such person in escaping or attempting to escape from such confinement, shall be punished as follows, that is to say:-
with imprisonment of either description for a term which mayextend to seven years, with or without fine, if the person in confinement, or who ought to have been apprehended, was charged with, or liable to be apprehended for, an offence punishable with death; or
with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, with or without fine, if the person in confinement, or who ought to have been apprehended, was charged with, or liable to be apprehended for, an offence punishable with [imprisonment for life] or imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years; or                                                             with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, with or without fine, if the person in confinement, or who ought to have been apprehended, was charged with, or liable to be apprehended for, an offence punishable with imprisonment for a term less than ten years.


Simply Put

This section penalises a public servant who intentionally omits to apprehend or keep in confinement any person even though he is legally bound to do so. It says that whoever, being a public servant, legally bound as such either to apprehend, or to keep in confinement any person who is either charged with an offence or who is liable to be apprehended for an offence, either intentionally omits to apprehend such person, or intentionally suffers such persons to escape, or intentionally aids such person in escaping or attempting to escape from such confinement, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to 7 years, with or without fine, if such person in confinement, or who ought to have been charged with or liable to be apprehended for, an offence punishable with death; or with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to 3 years, with or without fine with respect to a person as stated above for an offence punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment extending up to 10 years; or with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to two years, with or without fine, with respect to a person as stated above for an offence punishable with imprisonment for a term less than 10 years.



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