For offences u/s.420 IPC, prosecution must prove that the dishonestly induced the cheated person to deliver property: SC

The Supreme Court (SC) while dealing with an appeal filed by the person, alleged to have forged her minor son’s passport, against the order passed by the High Court of Karnataka, has held that in order to attract the offence of cheating u/s.420 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 the prosecution has to not only prove that the accused has cheated, but also that that the accused has also dishonestly induced the cheated person to deliver the property. The SC further highlighted 3 components which needs to be proved to attract s.420 IPC i.e., “(i) the deception of any person, (ii) fraudulently or dishonestly inducing that person to deliver any property to any person, and (iii) mens rea or dishonest intention of the accused at the time of making the inducement.