There is a fresh development in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case; CBI has hinted that they may invoke Section 302 of IPC (murder) in connection with actor’s death.
AIIMS has re-evaluated the SSR’s viscera finding and have submitted the report to CBI after which the investigation has taken a new turn.
What is section 302 of Indian Penal Code?
Under IPC, Section 302 stands for punishment for committing a murder.
The section states, “Whoever commits murder shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”
To hold a person guilty under Section 302 IPC, it is necessary to prove that the act committed amounts to the offence of Murder as defined under section 300 of the IPC.
Section 302 of Indian Penal Code provides an alternative punishment of either death or imprisonment for life if a person is held guilty of murder.
The punishment in murder cases also depends on the gravity of the offence and could be either the death penalty or life imprisonment.
However, this provision was removed after the Amendment Act 28 of 1955. The court gave the option to award either the death penalty or life imprisonment for committing murder.
The motive, intention, medical evidence, eyewitnesses to the particular case plays a vital role in establishing the offence under IPC 302.