The Supreme Court had earlier adjourned the transfer of the case before Madras High Court in which execution of the accused was stayed.
Meanwhile, the earlier plea by IK Venkat, Chennai based lawyer which sought the transfer of the case from the High Court to the Apex Court was opposed by Ram Jethmalani, senior counsel who appeared for the three assassins. The Tamil Nadu government had also opposed the plea for the transfer of the case.
The Supreme Court of India in 1999 had confirmed the death sentences of the three accused; Santhan, Perarivalan and Nalini in carrying out the assassination of Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The death sentence of Nalini was later commuted to life imprisonment after the intervention of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who considered the mercy petitions after Nalini delivered a baby girl in jail.