Question: Six persons are charged under Section 302/149, I.P.C. Three of them are acquitted by the trial court. The remaining three are convicted under Section 302/34, I.P.C., and given life imprisonment. Discuss the validity of this conviction. (19) Bihar A.P.P. (A.P.O.) Exam, 1985 Find the answer to the mains question only on Legal Bites. [Six persons are charged… Read More »

Question: Six persons are charged under Section 302/149, I.P.C. Three of them are acquitted by the trial court. The remaining three are convicted under Section 302/34, I.P.C., and given life imprisonment. Discuss the validity of this conviction. (19) Bihar A.P.P. (A.P.O.) Exam, 1985 Find the answer to the mains question only on Legal Bites. [Six persons are charged under Section 302/149 I.P.C. Three of them are acquitted by the trial court. The remaining three are convicted under...

Question: Six persons are charged under Section 302/149, I.P.C. Three of them are acquitted by the trial court. The remaining three are convicted under Section 302/34, I.P.C., and given life imprisonment. Discuss the validity of this conviction. (19) Bihar A.P.P. (A.P.O.) Exam, 1985

Find the answer to the mains question only on Legal Bites. [Six persons are charged under Section 302/149 I.P.C. Three of them are acquitted by the trial court. The remaining three are convicted under Section 302/34, I.P.C., and given life imprisonment. Discuss the validity of this conviction.]

Answer

In a case where more than 4 persons are charged with the aid of section 149 and on the basis of evidence adduced, it appears to the trial court that three of them are innocent then the court may acquit the three accused.

Further, if it appears to the trial court that remaining accused persons have committed murder in furtherance of their common intention i.e. with a pre-arranged plan, they can be convicted under section 302 read with Section 34 of IPC.

The Supreme Court of India in the case of Jagir Singh v. State, AIR 1968 SC 43 and Gupteshwar Nath Ojha v. State of Bihar, 1986 SCC (Cr) 191 also supported such a view. In this context, it might be pointed out that in order to apply section 149, there must be more than four persons. It is notable that for the offense of murder, the minimum punishment is life imprisonment. The trial court is bound to pass a minimum sentence i.e. life imprisonment, to remaining convicted accused persons. Thus, it can be said that the sentence of life imprisonment given by the trial court in this problem is proper, hence conviction is valid.


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