The Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified that life imprisonment means a sentence of 'rigorous imprisonment for life'. The apex court said this has already been clarified in various judgments including the case of Nathuram Godse's younger brother in the Mahatma Gandhi assassination case. With this, the court refused to review the matter again.
Apex court refuses to review pre-decided law on life imprisonment
A bench of Justices LN Rao and BR Gavai gave this important order while hearing two separate petitions. The Supreme Court dismissed both the petitions. Both these petitions were filed by Special Leave Petitions (SLP) on behalf of the convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the murder case.
Referring to the verdict pronounced in many other cases including the case of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination
Gopal Vinayak Godse was convicted in 1949 for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and was sentenced to life imprisonment. One of the petitioners was Rakesh Kumar from Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal Pradesh High Court has sentenced Rakesh to life imprisonment under section 302 of the IPC for the murder of his wife.
In 2018, the top court had agreed to hear only the question included in her petition as to the justification for specifically mentioning rigorous imprisonment while awarding her life sentence. The second petition was filed by Guwahati-based convict Muhammad Aziz Ali.