The master or person in charge of a merchant vessel, on board of which any deserter from the Army, [Navy or Air Force] of the [Government of India] is concealed, shall, though ignorant of such concealment, be liable to a penalty not exceeding five hundred rupees, if he might have known of such concealment but for some neglect of his duty as such master or person in charge, or but for some want of discipline on board of the vessel.

Simply Put

This section means if on a merchant vessel of Indian navy a deseter is taking harbour and even if the person in charge of harbour is ignorant of such harbour he shall be liable of fine upto Rs 500.

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