The order was passed on March 2 but was published on the apex court website today.
A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Bela M Trivedi noted that none of the pleas in the batch of review petitions had pointed to any error apparent on the face of the record which is the ground on which a review of the top court’s judgment can be sought.
“After having considered the judgment and other documents on record, we do not find any error either factual or legal, apparent on the face of record requiring review of the aforestated judgment passed by this Court,” the Court said.
The Court also rejected the argument advanced by the State that one of the accused had committed a murder after his release from prison following the top court’s acquittal.
The review plea had argued that in view of such conduct, the accused is a hardened criminal who has abused the benevolence of the court.
But the Court did not accept the argument.
“Even if an event, which has no nexus to the instant case had taken place subsequent to the pronouncement of the judgment that would not be a ground to entertain the review petitions,” the Court made it clear.