454. Power to order conditional discharge.

A court1 by or before which a person is convicted of an offence may, if it is of the opinion, having regard to the circumstances, including the nature of the offence and character of the offender, that it is inexpedient to inflict punishment, and if it thinks fit, make an order discharging the offender subject to the condition that he commits no offence during such period, not exceeding three years from the date of the order2, as may be specified therein3. This is referred to as an 'order for conditional discharge'; and the period specified in any such order