The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict any day on a review petition involving the dispute over the meaning and tenure of a convict’s life imprisonment.
A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court -- headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain -- yesterday kept the review petition curia advisari vult (meaning the verdict will be delivered any day), after it concluded hearing yesterday on a review petition filed by one Ataur Mridha.
The court heard expert opinions from four amicus curiae (friends of court) -- Advocate AF Hasan Ariff, Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud, Advocate Abdur Rezak Khan and Advocate AM Aminuddin -- on the issue.
Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Advocate Shishir Manir appeared for the petitioner while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued for the state.
Mridha challenged an apex court verdict that on February 14, 2017 commuted his death penalty to life imprisonment in a murder case.
The Appellate Division bench headed by then Chief Justice SK Sinha said life imprisonment means jail sentence until natural death of the convict.