182. Suspension of sentence of transportation or imprisonment.-
(1) Where a person subject to this Act is sentenced by a court-martial to transportation or imprisonment, the Central Government, 1[the Chief of the Army Staff] or any officer empowered to convene a general or a summary general court-martial may suspend the sentence whether or not the offender has already been committed to prison or to military custody.
(2) The authority or officer specified in sub-section (1) may in the case of an offender so sentenced direct that, until the orders of such authority or officer have been obtained the offender shall not be committed to prison or to military custody.
(3) The powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) may be exercised in the case of any such sentence which has been confirmed, reduced or commuted.