|Directions: Given below is a statement of legal principle, followed by a factual situation. Apply the principle to the facts and select the most appropriate answer among the alternatives.|
|Principle Attempt to murder is punishable under S.307 IPC, but preparation is not an offence.|
|Facts A mixes sugar, thinking that it was poison in the tea meant for B with an intention to cause his death. What offence, if any, has been committed by A?|
A) A is not liable to be punished for any offence. A has done only preparation, for the commission of crime
B) A is liable for attempt to murder
C) He is guilty of criminal conspiracy
D) All of the above
Correct Answer: B
Solution :Illustration d to Section 307 IPC reads, A intending to murder Z by poison, purchases poison and mixes. The same with food, which remains in A's keeping. A has not get committed the offence defined in Section 307. If he places the food on Z's table or delivers it to Z's servants to place it on Z's table. A has committed the offence under Section 307. In the present case, the tea, in which 'A' has mixed sugar, it to be person is meant for 'B'. Since 'B' would take it whether it is sent to him or not. Thus, 'A' is liable for attempt to murder.
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