Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code

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Not to be confused with 420 (drug culture).

Section 420[1] of the Indian Penal Code covers offences relating to cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, and leads to punishments of fines and/or jail terms of up to 7 years. This section also exists in the penal codes of Pakistan and Bangladesh, as the penal codes of these countries inherit from the Indian Penal Code of 1860 instituted by the colonial government of British India.

In Popular Culture[edit]

The term "420" is used in India to refer to a confidence trickster. This section was also in use in other neighboring countries such as Myanmar, where the term 420 persists in popular culture to this date. In the Nigerian Criminal Code, the same offence is covered by article 419, which has now lent its name to the advance fee fraud.[citation needed]

The title of a two popular Hindi films - Chachi 420 (in English: Trickster Aunt, a 1997 remake of Mrs. Doubtfire) and Shri 420 (in English: "Mr. 420, a 1955 film), are direct references to Section 420 of the IPC.


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