Section 379 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 – Explained!
Similarly, release on probation of good conduct could be ordered where the accused is in his teens and a considerable period has already passed since the crime was committed and there was no other blot on the character of the accused. Theft of railway property has generally been taken as a serious offence requiring deterrent punishment.
The Supreme Court has held that right to appeal to the Supreme Court lies as of right where the High Court reverses an acquittal order by the lower court and convicts an accused of theft. Cutting of trees on State Government land amounts to theft.
The offence under section 379 is cognizable, non-bailable and compoundable when the value of the property does not exceed two hundred and fifty rupees and when permitted by the court trying the case, and is triable by any magistrate.