Section 127 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 – Explained!

Here again the law provides that the property so received can be forfeited. In other words, property received by waging war against an Asiatic Power, or committing depredation on the territory of any Power in alliance or at peace with the Government of India, has been made punishable under this section.

One of the objects of this provision is not to allow Indian territory to be used as a heaven by persons knowingly receiving property which has come by committing an offence under section 125 or 126 of the Code. For a conviction under this section it is not necessary that the principal offender must be prosecuted or convicted under section 125 or 126 of the Code. Had this provision not been in the Code, India could be a market for the receipt of such property.

The offence under this section is cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable, and is triable by court of session.

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