Section 55 BNS – Section 55 of New Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita

Section 55 BNS or Section 55 of Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita talks about “Abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life.

Section 55 of BNS is part of CHAPTER IV OF ABETMENT, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPT in Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023 Act


Definition of Section 55 BNS

55. (1)Whoever abets the commission of an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life, shall, if that offence be not committed in consequence of the abetment,
and no express provision is made under this Sanhita for the punishment of such abetment, be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven 25 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

(2) If any act for which the abettor is liable in consequence of the abetment, and which causes hurt to any person, is done, the abettor shall be liable to imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to fourteen years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Illustration.

A instigates B to murder Z. The offence is not committed. If B had murdered Z, he would have been subject to the punishment of death or imprisonment for life. Therefore A is liable to imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and also to a fine; and if any hurt be done to Z in consequence of the abetment, he will be liable to imprisonment for a term which may extend to fourteen years, and to fine.




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