The Centre on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order for premature release of six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, facing criticism from the Congress.
The Centre said the order granting remission to the convicts was passed without affording it adequate opportunity for hearing despite it being a party to the case.
The government highlighted the alleged procedural lapse, saying the convicts seeking remission did not formally implead the Centre as a party, which resulted in its non-participation in the case.
On November 11, the top court ordered the premature release of six convicts, including Nalini Sriharan who had hosted the assassin, noting that the Tamil Nadu government had recommended remission of their sentence.
Besides Nalini, R.P. Ravichandran, Santhan, Murugan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar walked out of jail following the Supreme Court order.