Provision

Whenever any person is convicted of an offence for which under this Code the Court has power to sentence him to rigorous imprisonment, the Court may, by its sentence, order that the offender shall be kept in solitary confinement for any portion or portions of the imprisonment to which he is sentenced, not exceeding three months in the whole, according to the following scale, that is to say—

-a time not exceeding one month if the term of imprisonment shall not exceed six months:

-a time not exceeding two months if the term of imprisonment shall exceed six months and [shall not exceed one] year:

-a time not exceeding three months if the term of imprisonment shall exceed one year.


Simply Put

Whenever the person is imprisoned for an offence and the court under IPC is empowered to sentence the offender to rigorous imprisonment then the court in its judgment may pronounce that the offender should be kept in solitary confinement for any part or parts of the original punishment awarded but the sentence of solitary confinement must not exceed beyond three months in the whole (punishment for the offence + Solitary confinement) which means

  • That the solitary confinement must not exceed for more than one month if the term of imprisonment does not exceed beyond six months.
  • That the solitary confinement must not exceed beyond two months if the imprisonment does not exceed beyond six months and is less than a year.
  • That the solitary confinement shall not exceed beyond three months if the term of imprisonment is more than a year.


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