Distinction between Fraud and Misrepresentation beneath Indian Contract Act, 1872

In our every day lives, we use the time interval fraud to refer someone who meant to deceive others, in licensed phrases half 17 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 defines fraud as any act which contains any of the following acts devoted by a celebration to a contract , or alongside along with his connivance, or by his agent, with the intent to deceive one different social gathering thereto or his agent, with the intent to deceive one different social gathering thereto or his agent, or to induce him to enter into the contract-

a) the suggestion, as a actuality, of that which is not true, by one who would not think about it to be true

b) the full of life concealment of a actuality by one having knowledge or notion of the particular reality;

c) a promise made with none intention of performing it;

d) another act fitted to deceive;

e) any such act or omission as a result of the regulation significantly declares to be fraudulent.

Silence in a contract which could affect the willingness of a person to enter proper right into a contract would not amount to fraud until circumstances are completely completely different. We’re going to give attention to this intimately on this text.

Misrepresentation is printed beneath Half 18 of the act stating that it accommodates

  1. The constructive assertion in a approach not warranted by the data of the actual particular person making it, of that which is not true, though he believes it to be true;
  2. Any breach of obligation which, with out an intent to deceive, optimistic features a bonus of the actual particular person committing it, or anybody claiming beneath him, by misleading one different to his prejudice, or to the unfairness, or to the unfairness of anybody claiming beneath him ;
  3. Inflicting, nonetheless innocently, a celebration to an settlement, to make a mistake as to the substance of the issue which is the subject of settlement.

A false assertion made with none intention to deceive results in misrepresentation. That’s essential that the one which made the assertion ought to think about that it is true.

Half 17 of the Indian Contract Act, provides two requirements to point out that an act is fraud

  1. A person should make a false assertion having the info that the main points are false
  2. The second scenario is that there should be a wrongful intention to deceive the other social gathering

There should be an full of life concealment of actuality which was the duty of the actual particular person to reveal. Fraud takes place every time one explicit particular person causes one different to behave on a false notion which he would not himself think about to be true.

The illustration should be a actuality not an opinion though in some cases the opinion might be dealt with as actuality, it should be such that it’s going to have prevented an affordable man from stepping into proper right into a contract. In a case of 2005 Lilly Kutty vs Scrutiny Committee a false certificates was obtained to take unfair profit; it was held that fraud vitiates every solemn act.

To point out in a case that fraud has taken place it ought to be proved that the defendant social gathering had prior knowledge of the false assertion. Mere ignorance of actuality which afterward appears to finish in fraud will make the actual particular person liable. Even when the assertion is made by the actual particular person with none deliberate causes, absence of actuality inside the assertion will present him accountable.


In a contract often there is a obligation to speak of 1 social gathering, full of life concealment is a state of affairs the place this social gathering conceals the reality that they’ve an obligation to disclose. Energetic concealment and passive concealment are two numerous issues, passive concealment refers to circumstances of the earlier when the social gathering had an obligation to speak and keep silent.

If a contract was formed beneath conditions involving full of life concealment it would render the contract void or voidable. The occasions to the contract should consent this contract afterward as a solution to make it legit. Extra the social gathering responsible for full of life concealment might be held for civil improper and liable to pay fines.


When a person makes a promise to a special with none intention to hold out it in future it results in fraud. An occasion might be taking loans with none intention to repay in future.


Mere silence in any state of affairs which could affect the willingness of a person to enter proper right into a contract won’t be fraud, till circumstances come up that it turns into the duty of the one that’s silent to speak. Non disclosure of a actuality cannot finish in fraud. We’re capable of understand this with a case regulation in Shri Krishan vs. Kurukshetra Faculty a candidate for LLB half 1 examination was in want of attendance and did not level out the similar in his examination kind. The faculty authorities and head of regulation division did not pay loads heed to this and did not ask for any further knowledge. On this case the Supreme Courtroom held that there was no fraud on the part of candidate and the school had no vitality to cancel his candidature on this ground.

Half 18 of the Indian Contract Act talks about misrepresentation as talked about above proper right here we’ll give attention to it clause by clause intimately.

The first clause of half 18 talks of constructive assertion which leads us to interpret it in two ways-

1. Innocent Misrepresentation

It is used to depict misrepresentation which has no issue of fraud and Negligence in it.

2. Negligent Misrepresentation

It is made when one misrepresents a actuality baselessly with none grounds to think about it to be true as occurred inside the case of Derry vs. Peek. The Second of clause of half 18 was meant to fulfill the cases which do come to courtroom for inquiries in several phrases “constructed fraud”. There isn’t a such factor as a intention to deceive as such, nevertheless circumstances come up that make the social gathering which derived revenue from the act be answerable to courtroom. This assertion was observed inside the case of Oriental Monetary establishment firm vs. John Fleming. One different issue to note down is English books always referred to misrepresentation of particulars and by no means that of regulation; it was understood that misrepresentation of regulation is accomplished as a solution to avoid a contract.

If we try and work out the precept or the essential factor variations between the two they’re

  1. Fraud is an intentional misrepresentation made as a solution to deceive someone, misrepresentation nevertheless is an innocent assertion with none intention to deceive.
  2. Intention differentiates the two, it’s a important issue as fraud is intentional whereas misrepresentation won’t be
  3. The aggrieved social gathering in fraud has correct to sue nevertheless it is not so in misrepresentation
  4. The social gathering who made a fraudulent assertion cannot take the safety that the other social gathering had means to search out the fact, in cases of misrepresentation this safety might be taken.

The principal distinction between fraud and misrepresentation is in a single case the actual particular person stating the main points believes it to be true and inside the completely different case, he believes it to be true. Intention to deceive is essential in cases of fraud. In every the cases the contract might be prevented nevertheless in fraudulent silence or misrepresentation contracts cannot be prevented if the other social gathering had strategy of discovering the fact with the help of uncommon diligence.

Noorudeen vs. Umairathu Beevi

Noorudeen vs. Umairathu Beevi, is an occasion the place the transaction was put apart afterward and located that it was carried out on the grounds of fraud and misrepresentation. The defendant who was the son of plaintiff acquired a doc executed by the plaintiff describing it as a result of the hypothecation deed of property. Really it was a sale deed of plaintiff’s property, it was held on this case that plaintiff was a blind man and the consideration was an inadequate amount for the property, the contract was executed by fraud and misrepresentation and as a consequence of this reality put apart.

Sunidhi Singh


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