Revisiting the concept and constitutionality of plea bargaining

Section 320 of code provides for compounding of certain offences, as mentioned therein, on account of compromise between the parties and is somehow similar to the concept of plea bargaining except for the fact if a criminal case is quashed on account of settlement between the parties it results in acquittal of the accused unlike in plea bargaining where admission of guilt necessarily means conviction, thus lawyers generally refrain from resorting to plea bargaining and invoke the former for getting criminal cases quashed by the High Court under its inherent jurisdiction.

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