Provision

Whoever, being a public servant legally bound as such public servant to apprehend, or to keep in confinement, any person in any case not provided for in section 221, section 222 or section 223, or in any other law for the time being in force, omits to apprehend that person or suffers him to escape from confinement, shall be punished-
(a) if he does so intentionally, with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine or with both; and
(b) if he does so negligently, with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.


Simply put

This section was added by the Indian Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1886 in place of the old section 225-A which had been inserted in the Code by the Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 1870. The section penalises omission on the part of a public servant to apprehend, or sufferance of escape on his part, in cases not otherwise provided for. It says that whoever, being a public servant legally bound as such either to apprehend, or to keep in confinement, any person in any case not provided for in any of the sections 221, 222 or 223 of the Code, or in any other law in existence at the time, either omits to apprehend him, or suffers him to escape from confinement, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to three years, or with fine, or with both if he does so intentionally, and with simple imprisonment for a term extending up to 2 years, or with fine, or with both if he does so negligently.



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