IPC Section 38:  Persons Concerned In Criminal Act May Be Guilty Of Different Offences

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IPC Section 38:  Persons Concerned In Criminal Act May Be Guilty Of Different Offences

Where several persons are engaged or concerned in the commission of a criminal act, they may be guilty of different offences by means of that act.

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A attacks Z under such circumstances of grave provocation that his killing of Z would be only culpable homicide not amounting to murder. B, having ill-will towards Z and intending to kill him, and not having been subject to the provocation, assists A in killing Z. Here, though A and B are both engaged in causing Z’s death, B is guilty of murder, and A is guilty only of culpable homicide.

-Text In Indian Penal Code

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