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Section 224, Contract Act 1872: Non-liability Of Employer Of Agent To Do A Criminal Act

Section 224 under the Chapter X (Agency - Appointment and authority of agents) of the Contract Act, 1872 of India - 'Non-liability of employer of agent to do a criminal act', is reproduced hereunder:—

“Where one person employs another to do an act which is criminal, the employer is not liable to the agent, either upon an express or an implied promise, to indemnify him against the consequences of that Act.

Illustrations

(a) A employs B to beat C, and agrees to indemnify him against all consequences of the act. B thereupon beats C, and has to pay damages to C for so doing. A is not liable to indemnify B for those damages.

(b) B, the proprietor of a newspaper, publishes, at A's request, a libel upon C in the paper, and A agrees to indemnify B against the consequences of the publication, and all costs and damages of any action in respect thereof. B is sued by C and has to pay damages, and also incurs expenses. A is not liable to B upon the indemnity.”




Extra Notes for Readers

(1) Refer relevant Section 24 (Agreement void, if considerations and objects unlawful in part) - click here

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