The apex court observed that the Tamil Nadu government could be ‘rushing’ the matter. The case will now be heard on 6 March.
After the Supreme Court had stayed the release of three convicts in the assassination case of the former prime minister, the Centre had sought a stay on the release of four others too.
Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran are serving life sentences in the case.
They, along with their three associates Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan, were ordered to be released by the Tamil Nadu government after the death sentences of the latter three were commuted following a landmark Supreme Court judgement that slammed the long delay in deciding their mercy petitions.
The Supreme Court had also ordered a stay on the release of Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan citing “procedural lapses” by the Tamil Nadu government.