15. Correspondence, etc., with offenders.-
Any person subject to this Act, who,-
(a) treacherously holds correspondence with, or communicates intelligence to, an offender; or
(b) wilfully fails to make known to the proper authorities any information he may have received from an offender; or
(c) assists the offender in any manner; or
(d) having been captured by an offender, voluntarily serves with or aids him,
shall, on conviction by a Coast Guard Court, be liable to suffer imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or such less punishment as is in this Act mentioned.
Explanation.-For the purposes of this section, "offender" includes-
(a) all armed mutineers, armed rebels, armed rioters, pirates and any person in arms against whom it is the duty of any person subject to this Act to take action ; and
(b) any person or persons engaged in smuggling, unlawful exploration or exploitation or any other unlawful activity in the maritime zones of India.