Provision

Whoever, beingin any office which gives him legal authority to commit persons for trial or to confinement, or to keep persons in confinement, corruptly or maliciously commits any person for trial or to confinement, or keeps any person in confinement, in the exercise of that authority, knowing that in so doing he is acting contrary to law, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.


Simply put

This section punishes one who has authority to commit persons for trial or to confinement and knows that he is acting contrary to law. The section says that whoever, holding any office which empowers him legally to either commit persons for trial or to confinement, or to keep persons in confinement, commits any person for trial or confinement either corruptly or maliciously, or keeps any person in confinement corruptly or maliciously while exercising that legal authority, with the knowledge that in so doing he is acting contrary to law, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to 7 years, or with fine, or with both.



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