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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

197. Taking  vehicle without  authority.

  1. Whoever  takes  and drives away any motor vehicle without having either the consent of the owner thereof  or other  lawful authority  shall  be  punishable  with imprisonment which  may extend  to three months or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

Provided that  no person shall be convicted under this section if the Court is satisfied that such person acted in the reasonable belief that he  had lawful  authority or  in the  reasonable belief  that the owner would in the circumstances of the case have given his consent if he had been asked therefor.

  1. Whoever,  unlawfully by  force or  threat of  force or by any other form  of intimidation,  seizes or  exercises control  of a motor vehicle, shall  be punishable  with imprisonment  which may  extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.
  2. Whoever  attempts to  commit any  of the  acts referred to in sub-section (1)  or sub-section  (2) in relation to any motor vehicle, or abets  the commission of any such act, shall also be deemed to have committed an  offence under  sub-section (1)  or, as  the case may be, sub-section (2).

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