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two were committed while he was on bail later —and was to end in 2022.But Benson is set to walk out of jail in less than a year from today because of a Supreme Court order A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Uday U Lalit taking into account his good conduct as a prisoner nature of offence and the fact that he had pleaded guilty in several of these cases has exercised its discretionary power to club punishments in five cases His punishment in the eighth case has to end in August 2017 and the bench adopting a lenient view has held that jail term in the remaining four cases shall run along with it Incidentally the four cases in which Benson does not have to undergo separate jail terms anymore relate to four separate thefts on the same day in June 2003 Although Benson’s punishment for theft in each case was between two to three years the aggregate turned out to 19 years since he had to first complete jail term in one case and then the punishment in another case could begin By July 31 this year Benson now in his 40s completed more than 12 years in jail in seven such cases So when his appeal was taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court it first checked Benson’s records to ascertain how he was to serve 19 years in jail for thefts which included stealing gold chains and a motorcycle The bench sought records from Kerala’s Director General of Prisons who disclosed that Benson lodged in a jail in Kannur was undergoing sentences in 12 cases for thefts across three districts — Thrissur Kottayam and Kozhikode In all these cases he was convicted under charges of theft house trespass receiving stolen properties and criminal conspiracy Moreover Benson’s appeals against conviction had been dismissed by the Kerala High Court The records showed his first sentence began in 2003 and the jail term in the last case will end in October 2022 if he pays the fine imposed on him in these cases In case he could not deposit the fine the sentence was to run out in May 2024 Under Section 427 of the Code of Criminal Procedure if a person is handed a jail term when he is already serving a sentence in another case the subsequent punishment shall begin only after he has completed his time in the first case The bench noted that under “normal rule” it was “quite correct” to hold that Benson should remain incarcerated for at least six years more “However this normal rule is subject to a qualification and it is within the powers of the court to direct that the subsequent sentence shall run concurrently with the previous sentence” it said while opting to exercise its discretion in favour of Benson The bench said it was inclined to grant benefit in respect of substantive sentences to Benson and that the jail term of two years each in four other cases shall run concurrently with the eighth case in which the punishment ends on August 30 next year On August 31 2017 Benson shall be a free man if he manages to pay the fine For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Varinder Bhatia | Updated: September 1 2016 2:00 pm Ashok Khemka Top News Excerpts: As the officer who blew the whistle on the Robert Vadra-DLF land deal what are your expectations from the Dhingra Commission report What was the quid pro quo for the sweetheart deal between M/s DLF and M/s Skylight Hospitality There is no free lunch The nation must know the compromises made in other deal(s) at public cost by public servants who are supposed to be public trustees The commission didn’t call you during its probe Do you think you could have explained much more to it I would have to see the report to comment on the hypothetical question However I submitted a detailed report to the government on February 12 2015 in the form of Volume-I of my reply to the chargesheet Do you feel the government should immediately make the Dhingra report public Yes without doubt Democratic accountability demands that questions raised during elections are comprehensively answered to the public WATCH:Robert Vadra Land Deals: Justice Dhingra To Submit Report To Haryana Govt What have been the consequences for you The witch-hunt continues and seems unending The saga is a complete book by itself The strategy is to besmirch my credibility and reputation before finishing me Bad elements are foisted as complainants I wish the inquiries chargesheets bad ACRs (annual confidential reports) are tried in the open Sunshine scares conspirators Goebbelsian half-truths and lies thrive in dark People who should have been in the dock for the scams sit in judgement over me That is my tragedy For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News for which he was sentenced to 19 years in jail. see Sealing Ducts: What’s Better, If you live in a hot climate, On the one hand, the term of three of them — Smriti Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and Ahmed Patel — is ending on August 18.

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