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Multiple life term will run concurrently, not consecutively: SC [Judiciary]

  • 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.
  • Multiple life sentences will be served concurrently and not consecutively.
  • 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 vexing question before the Constitution Bench was “whether consecutive life sentences can be awarded to a convict on being found guilty of a series of murders for which he has been tried in a single trial?”
  • A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, pronounced its verdict rejecting multiple life terms for a convict guilty of heinous crimes, on a reference from a three-judge Bench of the apex court.