Compoundable offenses - 

        The Compounding of an offense denotes that dispute between the parties has been settled or adjusted by agreement, the person against whom the offense has been committed having received some consideration of gratification not to prosecute the Accused. Section 320 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 provides a list of offenses which are punishable under different sections of the Indian Penal Code which may be compounded by the persons mentioned in the table.
  The compounding is an arrangement whereby there is a settlement of the differences between the injured party and the person against whom the complaint is made.

        In case both the parties agree that there has been a settlement by agreement or compromise, then the court has to dispose of the case in term of that compromise and the petitioner is to be acquitted.

Non-compoundable offenses - 

          The non-compoundable offenses are other than those mentioned in Section 320 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973. these offices are not compoundable. If a criminal case is declared to be non-compoundable then it is against public policy to compound it, and agreement to that end at wholly void in law. The high court in the exercise of its inheritance of power cannot permit compounding of non-compoundable offense only in special cases the supreme court can grant such permission.

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