Chanda Kochhar’s liability under IPC Section 409

In this post, the author highlights how Chanda Kochhar’s charge of “Criminal Breach of Trust” provides the courts an opportunity to develop an individualised jurisprudence for section 409 of the Indian Penal Code. The existent jurisprudence surrounding section 409 conceptualises it as a mere footnote to the more general provision of section 405. Although the courts have previously acknowledged the distinct nature of section 409, the same acknowledgement and understanding is not reflected in their interpretative exercise. The author, thus, argues that the courts must culminate the tradition put into motion by the courts in these previous cases by harmonising the general provision of section 405 with section 409’s unique characteristics.
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