Section 59 BNS – Section 59 of New Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita

Section 59 BNS or Section 59 of Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita talks about “Public servant concealing design to commit offence which it is his duty to prevent.

Section 59 of BNS is part of CHAPTER IV OF ABETMENT, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPT in Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023 Act


Definition of Section 59 BNS

Whoever, being a public servant, intending to facilitate or knowing it to be likely
that he will thereby facilitate the commission of an offence which it is his duty as such public servant to prevent, voluntarily conceals, by any act or omission or by the use of encryption or any other information hiding tool, the existence of a design to commit such offence, or makes any representation which he knows to be false respecting such design shall,––
(a) if the offence be committed, be punished with imprisonment of any description
provided for the offence, for a term which may extend to one-half of the longest term of such imprisonment, or with such fine as is provided for that offence, or with both; or
(b) if the offence be punishable with death or imprisonment for life, with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years; or
(c) if the offence be not committed, shall be punished with imprisonment of any
description provided for the offence for a term which may extend to one-fourth part of the longest term of such imprisonment or with such fine as is provided for the offence, or with both.

Illustration.

A, an officer of police, being legally bound to give information of all designs to commit robbery which may come to his knowledge, and knowing that B designs to commit robbery, omits to give such information, with intent to so facilitate the commission of that offence

Here A has by an illegal omission concealed the existence of B’s design, and is liable to punishment according to the provision of this section.




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