Committing any act which constitutes defamation under Section 499 IPC is punishable offence under Section 500 IPC.

Mohammed Abdulla Khan vs Prakash K

Supreme Court

04/12/2017

CRIMINAL APPEAL NO.2059 OF 2017 (Arising out of Special Leave to Appeal (Crl.) No.1741 of 2017)

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12. Committing any act which constitutes defamation under Section 499 IPC is punishable offence under Section 500 IPC. Printing or engraving any defamatory material is altogether a different offence under Section 501 IPC. Offering for sale or selling any such printed or engraved defamatory material is yet another distinct offence under Section 502 IPC.

 

13. If the content of any news item carried in a newspaper is defamatory as defined under Section 499 IPC, the mere printing of such material “knowing or having good reason to believe that such matter is defamatory” itself constitutes a distinct offence under Section 501 IPC. The sale or offering for sale of such printed “substance containing defamatory matter” “knowing that it contains such matter” is a distinct offence under Section 502 IPC.

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