Section 121: Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India

Whoever wages war against the 1[Government of India], or attempts to wage such war, or abets the waging of such war, shall be punished with death, or 2[imprisonment for life] 3[and shall also be liable to fine].


5[***] A joins an insurrection against the 6[Government of India]. A has committed the offence defined in this section.

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Punishment—Death or imprisonment for life and fine—Cognizable—Non-bailable—Triable by Court of Session—Non-compoundable.


1. Subs. by the A.O. 1950, for “Queen”.

2. Subs. by Act 26 of 1955, sec. 117 and Sch., for “transportation for life” (w.e.f. 1-1-1956).

3. Subs. by Act 16 of 1921, sec. 2, for “and shall forfeit all his property”.

4. Subs. by Act 36 of 1957, sec. 3 and Sch. II, for “Illustra­tions” (w.e.f. 17-9-1957).

5. The brackets and letter “(a)” omitted by Act 36 of 1957, sec. 3 and Sch. II (w.e.f. 17-9-1957).

6. Subs. by the A.O. 1950, for “Queen”.

7. Illustration (b) omitted by the A.O. 1950.