IPC SECTION 404

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SECTION 404 IPC : Theft of goods that the deceased had in their possession when they passed away.—Anyone who willfully misappropriates or converts to their own use property that was in the possession of a deceased person at the time of that person’s death and has not since been in the possession of any person legally entitled to such possession shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term that may extend to three years, as well as being liable to a fine; and if the offender at the time of such person’s decease was employed by that person, the offender shall also be liable to Illustration With money and things in his grasp, Z passes away. The money is dishonestly misappropriated by his servant A before it is given to anyone who is legally authorized to receive it. The violation outlined in this section has been committed by A.

CLAIM CLASSIFICATION Three years in jail and a fine are the possible penalties. Non-Cognizable, Bailable, Provable in court before a magistrate of the first class, and Non-compoundable. If the deceased’s employee or clerk: 7 years in prison and a fine are the consequences. Non-Cognizable, Bailable, Provable in court before a magistrate of the first class, and Non-compoundable.

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