Provision

Whoever commits extortion by putting any person in fear of an accusation against that person or any other, of having committed or attempted to commit any offence punishable with death, or with [imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years, or of having attempted to induce any other person to commit such offence, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine; and, if the offence be one punishable under section 377 of this Code, may be punished with [imprisonment for life].


Simply put

The section states that whoever commits extortion by putting any person in fear of an accusation against either that person or any other, that he had committed or attempted to commit any offence punishable with death, or with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term extending up to ten years, or that he had attempted to induce any other person to commit such offence, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine; and if the offence was one punishable under section 377, may be punished with imprisonment for life.



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