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SC rejects consecutive life terms, says it is an anomaly (Analysed from the Indian Express, Relevant for GS Paper II, Topic: SC intervention in criminal justice system)

SC Judgement
Like any human being, a convict too has only one life and cannot serve consecutive sentences of life imprisonment, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court held in an explanation on why there is no point in awarding life sentences twice and thrice over to those found guilty of heinous crimes.

Details of the judgement
Multiple life sentences will be served concurrently and not consecutively, the court held. “Any direction that requires the offender to undergo imprisonment for life twice over would be anomalous and irrational for it will disregard the fact that humans, like all other living beings, have but one life to live,” the judgment held.

Criticism of the judgement
The person given one life sentence would face no threat of increase in punishment on indulging in more crimes.



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