A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam agreed to hear the Centre's plea on February 27.

Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra told the bench that the ‘substantial’ petition containing names of all seven convicts have been filed on Monday and the case be heard on an urgent basis.

The Apex Court had on February 20 stayed the release of three convicts--Murugan, Santhan and Arivu, whose death sentence was commuted to life term by it on February 18 in the case, saying there had been procedural lapses on the part of the state government on the decision to release them.

The Centre's move came after the Apex Court had said it could file a fresh petition regarding the other four prisoners whose sentence has also been remitted by the Tamil Nadu government.
It has sought stay on the release of convicts Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran.

Jayalalithaa-led Tamil Nadu government had on February 19 decided to set free all the seven convicts in the assassination case. Santhan, Murugan and Arivu are currently lodged in the Central Prison, Vellore, in Tamil Nadu.
The other four are undergoing life sentence for their role in Gandhi's assassination on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumbudur.
The bench had on February 20 issued notice to Tamil Nadu government, Inspector General of Prisons, Chennai, Superintendent of Central Prison, Vellore and the convicts --V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan and A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, for March 6.


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