In this case, a person called Shivalinga was convicted under Section 396 and 307 of the IPC and was sentenced to death by the trial court for attacking the driver and cleaner of a lorry which resulted in cleaner’s death. Further, an appeal was filed by the Karnataka High Court where the court converted the death sentence to imprisonment for life.
It was submitted that the accused has already undergone imprisonment for a period of 18 years and his application for early release on remission by the Government of Karnataka. Considering all the pleas, the court said that the interest of justice would be met if the sentence of the accused is restricting to 22 years of compulsory imprisonment. The court further stated that the convict is still young and about 38 years of age and he may improve his conduct after coming from jail.
Therefore, the Supreme Court reduced the sentence imposed on a man convicted in a dacoity cum murder case to 22 years actual imprisonment.