Section 501 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 – Explained!
The Indian Penal Code has used the words having reason to believe in many sections. But this is one section where the authors of the Code have gone further and have added the adjective ‘good’ before the words ‘reason to believe’. This indicates that they wanted the courts to be very careful and meticulous while dealing with cases under this section. There is no provision for rigorous imprisonment in this section.
The offence under this section is non-cognizable, bailable and compoundable with permission of the court, and is triable by the court of session in the case of public servant, and in other cases compoundable and triable by magistrate of the first class.