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Indian Penal Code -

181. False statement on oath or affirmation to public servant or person authorised to administer an oath or affirmation.—

    1. Whoever, being legally bound by an oath 4[or affirmation] to state


  1. Added by Act 22 of 1939, s. 2.
  2. Rep. by Act 17 of 1862, s. VII and Sch.
  3. Added by Act 3 of 1894, s. 5.
  4. The words “British India” have successively been subs. by the A. O. 1948, the A. O. 1950 and Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and the Sch., to read as above.

5. Ins. by Act 10 of 1873, s. 15.


the truth on any subject to any public servant or other person authorized by law to administer such oath 1[or affirmation], makes, to such public servant or other person as aforesaid, touching that subject, any statement which is false, and which he either knows or believes to be false or does not believe to be true, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine.

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