Section 214 CrPC: Words in Charge Taken in Sense of Law Under Which Offence is Punishable

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Section 214 CrPC: Words in Charge Taken in Sense of Law Under Which Offence is Punishable

This section deals with the interpretation of the words used in a charge sheet. It states that the words used in the charge shall be taken in the sense which they bear in the law under which the offence is punishable.

Explanation:

This means that the court, while interpreting the words used in a charge sheet, should refer to the relevant law under which the offence is being charged. The words should be interpreted according to the meaning they have in that law, and not based on their general meaning.

Illustration:

Let’s say someone is charged with “theft” under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The charge sheet might use the word “theft” or other words like “stealing” or “misappropriation”. The court, while interpreting these words, would refer to the definition of “theft” provided in Section 378 of the IPC. The court would then interpret the words used in the charge sheet based on the definition provided in the IPC, even if they are not exactly the same as the words used in the IPC.

Common Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the purpose of Section 214 CrPC?

A: To ensure that the words used in the charge sheet are interpreted correctly and in line with the law under which the offence is punishable.

Q: Can the court interpret the words in the charge sheet differently from the law?

A: No, the court is bound by the interpretation of the words as provided in the relevant law.

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Q: How does Section 214 CrPC ensure fairness in criminal proceedings?

A: By ensuring that the words used in the charge sheet are interpreted correctly, it helps ensure that the accused is charged with the correct offence and is not subject to a charge that is not supported by the evidence.

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