Offences Against Public Property act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Mischief to public property.

3. Theft of public property.

4. Robbery of public property.

5. Dishonest misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery and falsification of accounts.

5A. Property bearing specified letter, mark or inscription to be public property.

6. Recovery of fine by forfeiture at property.

7. Community service order.

8. Provisions relating to the granting of bail.

9. Priority to be given to the hearing of trials of offences under this Act and appeals from convictions.

10. Attempts to commit offences.

11. Punishment of persons below the age of sixteen years.

12. Interpretation.

12 of 1982,

76 of 1988,

28 of 1999.

AN ACT to make provision in respect of certain offences committed in relation to public property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 25th March, 1982]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Offences Against Public Property Act.

2. Mischief to public property.

Any person who commits the offence of mischief to public property shall be guilty of an offence and shall upon conviction be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term not less than one year but not exceeding twenty years, and with a fine of one thousand rupees or three times the amount of the loss or damage caused to such property, whichever amount is higher.

3. Theft of public property.

Any person who commits the offence of theft of public property shall be guilty of an offence and shall upon conviction be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term not less than one year but not exceeding twenty years, and with a fine of one thousand rupees or three times the value of the property in respect of which such offence was committed, whichever amount is higher.

4. Robbery of public property.

Any person who commits the offence of robbery of public property shall be guilty of an offence and shall upon conviction be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term not less than one year but not exceeding twenty years, and with a fine of one thousand rupees or three times the value of the property in respect of which such offence was committed, whichever amount is higher.

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