Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code
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Section 420 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
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.
- Section 420 - Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Mobile Friendly)