Provision

Whoever commits murder shall be punished with death, or [imprisonment for life], and shall also be liable to fine.


Simply put

This section, which prescribes punishment for murder, says that whoever commits murder shall be punished either with death or with imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine. In other words, the Indian Penal Code has prescribed only two kinds of punishment, death sentence and imprisonment for life, out of which one has to be imposed on a murder convict who shall also be liable to fine if the court so deems necessary.



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