Senior criminal lawyer IB Singh said that providing false or misleading information to a public servant is an offence under IPC section 182 and public servant can use the provision for prosecution of the complainant after taking permission of the court.
Samit Gopal, a senior lawyer with Allahabad High Court, said that under Section 182 of the IPC, the investigating officer seeks permission from the court to act against the complainant if the latter files a misleading report. " Action is initiated by the court for wasting its time and that of a public servant. The provision is to deter people from filing false reports ," said Gopal.
What's IPC Sec 182?
Submitting false information with the intent to cause a public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person. The offence is punishable by imprisonment for a period of six months or fine or both.
( Source - PTI )