IPC 284 Negligent conduct with respect to poisonous substance

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Section 284 in The Indian Penal Code

284. Negligent conduct with respect to poisonous substance.—Whoever does, with any poisonous substance, any act in a manner so rash or negligent as to endanger human life, or to be likely to cause hurt or injury to any person, or knowingly or negligently omits to take such order with any poisonous substance in his possession as is sufficient to guard against any probable danger to human life from such poisonous substance, 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.

The offence under this section is a cognizable offence, bailable and non-compoundable. It is trailed by a magistrate. The crux of this offence is culpable negligence with regard to poisonous substance. The fact that a person has the custody of any dangerous substance suffices itself to impose upon him the duty of being careful.

· If an offence is cognizable, police have the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court. Otherwise, police do not have the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and an investigation cannot be initiated without a court order.

· If an offence is bailable, police have the authority to release the accused on bail on getting the defined surety amount along with a duly filled bail bond at the concerned police station. Otherwise, arrested person has to apply for bail before a magistrate or court.

· If an offence is compoundable, a compromise can be done between the accused and the victim, and a trial can be avoided. Otherwise, no compromise is allowed between the accused and the victim except under certain situations, where the High Court or the Supreme Court have the authority for quashing a matter.