A bench headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, who will retire on April 27, pronounced the decision on Friday.

The Chief Justice pronounced the decision on his last working day.

The Apex Court said that the Constitution Bench, which will take up the matter within three months, will also decide whether the sentence of a prisoner, whose death penalty has been commuted to life, can be remitted by the government.

The Supreme Court was expected to deliver its verdict on Friday regarding the petition filed by the Centre against Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release all the seven convicts involved in the case.

The Supreme Court had commuted death penalty of three prime convicts - Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan - to life imprisonment.

Following the Apex Court’s judgment, the state government passed a special resolution in the Assembly to release the seven people convicted in the case.

However, the Centre then filed a petition before the Supreme Court following which the Apex Court stayed the release of all the seven convicts.

(JPN)

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