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426. Suspension of sentence pending appeal: Release of appellant on bail:

(1) Pending any appeal by a convicted person, the Appellate Court may, for reasons to be recorded by it in writing order that the execution of the sentence or order appealed against be suspended and, also, if he is in confinement that he be released on bail or on his own bond.

 

(1-A) An Appellate Court shall, unless for reasons to be recorded in writing if otherwise directs, order a convicted person to be released on bail who has been sentenced.

 

(a) to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and whose appeal has not been decided within a period of six months of his conviction;

 

(b) to imprisonment for a period exceeding three years but not exceeding seven years and whose appeal has not been decided with a period of one year of his conviction;

 

(c) to imprisonment for life or imprisonment exceeding seven years and whose appeal has not been decided within a period of two years of his conviction].

 

(2) The power conferred by this section on an appellate Court may be exercised also by the High Court in the case of any appeal by a convicted person to a Court subordinate thereto.

 

(2-A) [Subject to the provisions of section 382-A] when any person other than a person accused of a non-bailable offence is sentenced to imprisonment by a Court, and an appeal lies from that sentence, the Court may if the convicted person satisfies the Court that he intends to present an appeal, order that he be released on bail for a period sufficient in the opinion of the Court to enable him to present the appeal and obtain the orders of the Appellate Court under sub-section (1) and the sentence of imprisonment shall, so long as he is so released on bail, be deemed to be suspended.

 

(2-B) Where a High Court is satisfied that a convicted person has been granted special leave to appeal by the Supreme Court against any sentence which it has imposed or maintained, it may if it so thinks fit order that pending the appeal the sentence or order appealed against be suspended, and also, if said person is in confinement, that he be released on bail.

 

(3) When the appellant is ultimately sentenced to imprisonment, or [imprisonment for life], time during which he is so released shall be excluded in computing the term for which he is so sentenced.

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