In our Penal Code there are five type of punishments i.e. 1. Death Sentence
2. Imprisonment for life
3. Imprisonment, which may be Rigorous or simple
5. Forfeiture of property
But in the whole code no where it is clearly said how long a convicted person who is sentenced with imprisonment for life shall remain in custody/jail. The provisions relating to the imprisonment for life in Penal code are as follow:
In every case in which sentence of [ imprisonment] for life shall have been passed, [ the Government] may, without the consent of the offender, commute the punishment for imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding 22[ twenty] years.
This provision will apply after commutation of sentence by government but here it is not said if govt does not commute then what will be the term of Imprisonment for life?
In calculating fractions of terms of punishment, [ imprisonment] for life shall be reckoned as equivalent to [ rigorous imprisonment for thirty years].