The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review its February 18 ruling in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, commuting the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan to life imprisonment.

“We have carefully gone through the review petition. We find no merit in the review petition and the same is dismissed,” a Bench of Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh said in a brief order.

In the review petition, the Centre contended that the court did not consider the merits of the case and that it had ventured into the domain of the government by commuting the death sentence.

Centre had said court had ventured into government’s domain by commuting three death sentences