Distinction between Fraud and Misrepresentation underneath Indian Contract Act, 1872

In our every day lives, we use the time period fraud to refer somebody who supposed to deceive others, in authorized phrases part 17 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 defines fraud as any act which incorporates any of the next acts dedicated by a celebration to a contract , or along with his connivance, or by his agent, with the intent to deceive one other get together thereto or his agent, with the intent to deceive one other get together thereto or his agent, or to induce him to enter into the contract-

a) the suggestion, as a truth, of that which isn’t true, by one who doesn’t imagine it to be true

b) the lively concealment of a truth by one having information or perception of the actual fact;

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

d) every other act fitted to deceive;

e) any such act or omission because the legislation particularly declares to be fraudulent.

Silence in a contract which might have an effect on the willingness of an individual to enter right into a contract doesn’t quantity to fraud till circumstances are totally different. We are going to focus on this intimately on this article.

Misrepresentation is outlined underneath Part 18 of the act stating that it consists of

  1. The constructive assertion in a fashion not warranted by the data of the individual making it, of that which isn’t true, although he believes it to be true;
  2. Any breach of obligation which, with out an intent to deceive, good points a bonus of the individual committing it, or anyone claiming underneath him, by deceptive one other to his prejudice, or to the bias, or to the bias of anyone claiming underneath him ;
  3. Inflicting, nonetheless innocently, a celebration to an settlement, to make a mistake as to the substance of the factor which is the topic of settlement.

A false assertion made with none intention to deceive leads to misrepresentation. That is important that the one that made the assertion should imagine that it’s true.

Part 17 of the Indian Contract Act, gives two necessities to show that an act is fraud

  1. An individual ought to make a false assertion having the information that the info are false
  2. The second situation is that there must be a wrongful intention to deceive the opposite get together

There must be an lively concealment of truth which was the obligation of the individual to disclose. Fraud takes place at any time when one individual causes one other to behave on a false perception which he doesn’t himself imagine to be true.

The illustration must be a truth not an opinion although in some instances the opinion could be handled as truth, it must be such that it will have prevented an inexpensive man from getting into right into a contract. In a case of 2005 Lilly Kutty vs Scrutiny Committee a false certificates was obtained to take unfair benefit; it was held that fraud vitiates each solemn act.

To show in a case that fraud has taken place it should be proved that the defendant get together had prior information of the false assertion. Mere ignorance of reality which afterward seems to lead to fraud will make the individual liable. Even when the assertion is made by the individual with none deliberate causes, absence of reality within the assertion will show him responsible.


In a contract usually there’s a obligation to talk of 1 get together, lively concealment is a scenario the place this get together conceals the truth that they’ve an obligation to reveal. Lively concealment and passive concealment are two various things, passive concealment refers to conditions of the previous when the get together had an obligation to talk and stay silent.

If a contract was shaped underneath circumstances involving lively concealment it may well render the contract void or voidable. The events to the contract must consent this contract afterward so as to make it legitimate. Additional the get together accountable for lively concealment could be held for civil mistaken and liable to pay fines.


When an individual makes a promise to a different with none intention to carry out it in future it leads to fraud. An instance might be taking loans with none intention to repay in future.


Mere silence in any scenario which might have an effect on the willingness of an individual to enter right into a contract just isn’t fraud, until circumstances come up that it turns into the obligation of the one that is silent to talk. Non disclosure of a truth can not lead to fraud. We are able to perceive this with a case legislation in Shri Krishan vs. Kurukshetra College a candidate for LLB half 1 examination was wanting attendance and didn’t point out the identical in his examination kind. The college authorities and head of legislation division didn’t pay a lot heed to this and didn’t ask for any additional data. On this case the Supreme Court docket held that there was no fraud on the a part of candidate and the college had no energy to cancel his candidature on this floor.

Part 18 of the Indian Contract Act talks about misrepresentation as mentioned above right here we’ll focus on it clause by clause intimately.

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

1. Harmless Misrepresentation

It’s used to depict misrepresentation which has no ingredient of fraud and Negligence in it.

2. Negligent Misrepresentation

It’s made when one misrepresents a truth baselessly with none grounds to imagine it to be true as occurred within the case of Derry vs. Peek. The Second of clause of part 18 was supposed to fulfill the instances which do come to courtroom for inquiries in different phrases “constructed fraud”. There isn’t any intention to deceive as such, however circumstances come up that make the get together which derived profit from the act be answerable to courtroom. This assertion was noticed within the case of Oriental Financial institution company vs. John Fleming. One other factor to notice down is English books at all times referred to misrepresentation of info and never that of legislation; it was understood that misrepresentation of legislation is completed so as to keep away from a contract.

If we attempt to determine the primary or the important thing variations between the 2 they’re

  1. Fraud is an intentional misrepresentation made so as to deceive somebody, misrepresentation however is an harmless assertion with none intention to deceive.
  2. Intention differentiates the 2, it is a vital ingredient as fraud is intentional whereas misrepresentation just isn’t
  3. The aggrieved get together in fraud has proper to sue however it isn’t so in misrepresentation
  4. The get together who made a fraudulent assertion can not take the protection that the opposite get together had means to find the reality, in instances of misrepresentation this protection might be taken.

The principal distinction between fraud and misrepresentation is in a single case the individual stating the info believes it to be true and within the different case, he believes it to be true. Intention to deceive is crucial in instances of fraud. In each the instances the contract might be averted however in fraudulent silence or misrepresentation contracts can’t be averted if the opposite get together had technique of discovering the reality with the assistance of atypical diligence.

Noorudeen vs. Umairathu Beevi

Noorudeen vs. Umairathu Beevi, is an instance the place the transaction was put aside afterward and found that it was completed on the grounds of fraud and misrepresentation. The defendant who was the son of plaintiff bought a doc executed by the plaintiff describing it because 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 insufficient quantity for the property, the contract was executed by fraud and misrepresentation and due to this fact put aside.

Sunidhi Singh


Sunidhi hails from Symbiosis Regulation Faculty, NOIDA and spends most of her time researching, studying and debating. Her Curiosity areas are legislation and coverage. For any clarifications, suggestions, and recommendation, you’ll be able to attain us at [email protected]

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