Plea for fixed jail term in cases of life imprisonment: SC sends notice to Madhya Pradesh govt

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Madhya Pradesh government and sought a detailed reply from it within four weeks in connection with a plea filed by a legal services authority lawyer, who had appeared for a life convict, seeking a fixed jail term in cases of life imprisonment.

A division bench, headed by Justice Kurian Joseph, heard the arguments and submissions made by Pundit Parmanand Katara, lawyer appearing for a life convict, Raghuveer Singh, seeking the apex court’s direction to fix a jail sentence in cases of life imprisonment matters.

Mr Katara said that the convict Raghuveer Singh, was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case by the Madhya Pradesh High Court for killing his wife.

“There should be a fixed jail term in cases of life imprisonment. The apex court should determine and fix it,” he aid.  The life convict, Raghuveer, had approached the Supreme Court to fix his jail term in cases of life sentences. Mr Katara claimed that as there is no uniformity in life sentence, so there should be an intervention by the apex court. Sometimes, the court gives 14 years of jail sentence, sometimes 20 years and in some cases 50 years. It depends on cases to case basis. So there should be an uniformity in life imprisonment cases, Mr Katara claimed in his petition.


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