MHA Issues Guidelines for Offences & Penalties during 21-Day Lockdown
GUWAHATI: Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines for offences and penalties during the 21-day countrywide lockdown.
Here is the list of Offences and Penalties:
Punishment for Obstructions, etc- Whoever, without reasons, cause -
(a) Obstructs any officer or employee of the Central or state govt, or a person authorized by the national Authority or state, District authority in the discharge of his functions under this Act or
(b) refuses to comply with any direction given by or on behalf of the Central govt or the state govt of the National Executive Committee or the State Executive Committee or the District authority under this Act.
2. Punishment under False Claim
3. Punishment for misappropriation of money or material etc.
4. Punishment for false warning
5. Offences by Dept of the Govt
6. Failure of officer in duty or his connivance at the contravention of the provision of this Act.
7. Penalty for contravention of any order regarding requisitioning
8. Offences by Companies
9. Previous sanction for prosecution
10. Cognizance of offences
Last but not the least Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code which states disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.— Whoever, knowing that, by an order promulgated by a public servant lawfully empowered to promulgate such order, he is directed to abstain from a certain act, or to take certain order with certain property in his possession or under his management, disobeys such direction, shall, if such disobedience causes or tends to cause obstruction, annoyance or injury, or risk of obstruction, annoyance or injury, to any person lawfully employed, be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both; and if such disobedience causes or trends to cause danger to human life, health or safety, or causes or tends to cause a riot or affray, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both. Explanation.—It is not necessary that the offender should intend to produce harm, or contemplate his disobedience as likely to produce harm. It is sufficient that he knows of the order which he disobeys, and that his disobedience produces, or is likely to produce, harm. Illustration An order is promulgated by a public servant lawfully empowered to promulgate such order, directing that a religious procession shall not pass down a certain street.