In every case in which an offender is punishable with imprisonment which may be of either description, it shall be competent to the Court which sentences such offender to direct in the sentence that such imprisonment shall be wholly rigorous, or that such imprisonment shall be wholly simple or] that any part of such imprisonment shall be rigorous and the rest simple.

Simply put

In certain cases where life imprisonment is given then the court that is fit to award the punishment can either make the punishment wholly severe and partly simple or wholly simple and partly severe.

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