Meanwhile, the plea by Chennai based lawyer I.K. Venkat who is seeking transfer of the case from the high court to the apex court was opposed by senior counsel Ram Jethmalani who appeared for the three assassins. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government also opposed the plea for transfer of the case.
In 1999, the Supreme Court of India had confirmed the death sentences of four convicts; Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan and Nalini. However, Nalini's death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after the intervention of Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi's widow and the Chairperson of UPA government. Mrs Gandhi had considered the mercy petitions soon after Nalini delivered a baby girl in jail.