1 THE PENAL CODE, 1860

(ACT NO. XLV OF 1860).
  [6th October, 1860]
 
 
     
   
 
CHAPTER XXII
2OF CRIMINAL INTIMIDATION, INSULT, PREJUDICIAL ACT AND ANNOYANCE
 
  Statements conducing to public mischief  
505. Whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report,

(a) with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, any officer, soldier, sailor or airman in the Army, Navy or Air Force of Bangladesh to mutiny or otherwise disregard or fail in his duty as such; or

(b) with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against the public tranquility; or

(c) with intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community 3[ ; or

(d) with intent to create or promote, or which is likely to create or promote, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different communities, classes or sections of people,]

shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to 4[ seven years], or with fine, or with both.

Exception.It does not amount to an offence, within the meaning of this section, when the person making, publishing or circulating any such statement, rumour or report, has reasonable grounds for believing that such statement, rumour or report is true and makes, publishes or circulates it without any such intent as aforesaid.
 
 
 
1 Throughout this Act, except otherwise provided, the words “Bangladesh”, “Government”, “the Government” and “Taka” were substituted, for the words “Pakistan”, “Central or any Provincial Government” or “Central Government or any Provincial Government” or “Central Government” or “the Provincial Government” or “Provincial Government” and “rupees” respectively by section 3 and 2nd Schedule of the Bangladesh Laws (Revision And Declaration) Act, 1973 (Act No. VIII of 1973).

2 The comma and words “, PREJUDICIAL ACT AND ANNOYANCE” were substituted, for the words “AND ANNOYANCE” by section 6 of the Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 1991 (Act No. XV of 1991).

3 The semi-colon and word “; or” were substituted, for the comma “,” at the end of clause (c) and thereafter new clause (d) was inserted by section 7 of the Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 1991 (Act No. XV of 1991).

4 The words “seven years” were substituted, for the words “two years” by section 7 of the Penal Code (Amendment) Act, 1991 (Act No. XV of 1991).

 
 

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