CrPC Section 265I: Detention Period Set Off Against Imprisonment Sentence

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CrPC Section 265I: Detention Period Set Off Against Imprisonment Sentence

1. The Code:

Section 265I of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC) deals with the deduction of the period of detention from the sentence of imprisonment.

2. Explanation:

This section mandates that any period spent by an accused person in detention, prior to their conviction, shall be deducted from the sentence of imprisonment awarded to them. This means that if someone is in detention for a period of time before their conviction and then receives a sentence of imprisonment, the time they spent in detention will be deducted from the overall sentence.

The purpose of this provision is to ensure that a person is not punished twice for the same offense. It prevents the individual from serving more time than what is strictly necessary for the crime they have been convicted of.

3. Illustration:

Consider a scenario where an individual is arrested on 1st January 2023 for a crime and is subsequently convicted on 1st July 2023. The court sentences the individual to 2 years of imprisonment. In this case, the individual would have spent 6 months in detention before conviction. This 6-month period would be deducted from the 2-year sentence, effectively reducing the remaining prison term to 1 year and 6 months.

4. Common Questions and Answers:

Q: Does this section apply only to pre-conviction detention?
A: Yes, Section 265I specifically deals with detention before conviction.

Q: What if the individual is granted bail during the detention period?
A: Only the period spent in actual detention, not including bail periods, is set off against the sentence.

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Q: What happens if the individual is acquitted after spending time in detention?
A: In case of acquittal, the individual is entitled to compensation for wrongful detention as per legal provisions.

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