Provision

Whoever refuses to bind himself by an oath [or affirmation] to state the truth, when required so to bind himself by a public servant legally competent to require that he shall so bind himself, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.


Simply put

When a person refuses a public servant who is legally competent to require a person to give oath for stating the truth then such a person shall be imprisoned for a term that may extend up to six months or with fine which may extend up to one thousand rupees or with both.



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