IPC Sections
IPC Section 50 : “Section”
The word “section” denotes one of those portions of a Chapter of this Code which are distinguished by prefixed numeral figures.
IPC Section 51 : “Oath”
The word “oath” includes a solemn affirmation substituted by law for an oath, and any declaration required or authorized by law to be made before a public servant or to be used for the purpose of proof, whether in a Court of Justice or not.
IPC Section 52 : “Good faith”
Nothing is said to be done or believed in “good faith” which is done or believed without due care and attention.
IPC Section 52-A : “Harbour”
Except in section 157, and in section 130 in the case in which the harbour is given by the wife or husband of the person harboured, the word “harbour” includes the supplying a person with shelter, food, drink, money, clothes, arms, ammunition or means of conveyance, or the assisting a person by any means, whether of the same kind as those enumerated in this section or not, to evade apprehension.
IPC Section 53 : Punishments
The punishments to which offenders are liable under the provisions of this Code are:
 
1) Death;
2) Imprisonment for life;
3) ***
4) Imprisonment, which is of two descriptions, namely:
   i) Rigorous, that is, with hard labour;
   ii) Simple;
5) Forfeiture of property;
6) Fine.
IPC Section 53-A : Construction of reference to transportation
1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2) and sub-section (3), any reference to “transportation for life” in any other law for the time being in force or in any instrument or order having effect by virtue of any such law or of any enactment repealed shall be construed as a reference to “imprisonment for life”.
 
2) n every case in which a sentence of transportation for a term has been passed before the commencement of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 1955 (26 of 1955), the offender shall be dealt with in the same manner as if sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for the same term.
 
3) Any reference to transportation for a term or to transportation for any shorter term (by whatever name called) in any other law for the time being in force shall be deemed to have been omitted.
 
4) Any reference to “transportation” in any other law for the time being in force shall,—
   
    i) if the expression means transportation for life, be construed as a reference to imprisonment for life;
    ii) if the expression means transportation for any shorter term, be deemed to have been omitted.
IPC Section 54 : Commutation of sentence of death
In every case in which sentence of death shall have been passed, the appropriate Government may, without the consent of the offender, commute the punishment for any other punishment provided by this Code.
IPC Section 55 : Commutation of sentence of imprisonment for life
In every case in which sentence of imprisonment for life shall have been passed, the appropriate Government may, without the consent of the offender, commute the punishment for imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding fourteen years.
IPC Section 55-A : Definition of “appropriate Government”
In sections 54 and 55 the expression “appropriate Government” means, —
 
1) in cases where the sentence is a sentence of death or is for an offence against any law relating to a matter to which the executive power of the Union extends, the Central Government; and
 
2) in cases where the sentence (whether of death or not) is for an offence against any law relating to a matter to which the executive power of the State extends, the Government of the State within which the offender is sentenced.
IPC Section 56 : (Repealed) Sentence of Europeans and Americans to penal servitude
Proviso as to sentence for term exceeding ten years but not for life – Rep. by the Criminal Law (Removal of Racial Discriminations) Act, 1949