The decision was pronounced by a bench, headed by the Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam. Incidentally, today is the Chief Justice's last working day as he retires on April 27. The Supreme Court had earlier commuted the death sentence for three of them to life imprisonment due to a delay in deciding their mercy petitions for 11 years.
Following this, J Jayalalitha- the chief minister of Tamil Nadu directed the state government to release all the convicts in the case, inviting criticism for herself from all the quarters of the political circuit.
The three whose sentences were commuted were: V Sriharan alias Murugan, AG Perarivalan and T Suthendraraja alias Santhan. The other four were serving life sentences. The rest four were already serving life imprisonment.