(2) In the case of consecutive sentences, it shall not be necessary for the Court by reason only of the aggregate punishment for the several offences being in excess of the punishment which it is competent to inflict on conviction of a single offence, to send the offender for trial before a higher Court.
However, in no case shall such person be sentenced to imprisonment for a longer period than fourteen years and the aggregate punishment shall not exceed twice the amount of punishment which the Court is competent to inflict, for a single offence.
(3) For the purpose of appeal by a convicted person, the aggregate of the consecutive sentences passed against him under this section shall be deemed to be a single sentence.
Section 31 does not empower passing of an aggregate sentence instead of separate sentences upon an accused person convicted at one trial of two or more offences.
The accused was convicted for several offences and sentence of 20 years rigorous imprisonment was imposed. It was held that accused could not be sentenced to imprisonment longer than 14 years and as such sentence of 20 years imposed on the accused was held liable to be set aside.