The Supreme Court stayed the death sentence awarded to underworld don Aftab Ahmed Ansari for the attack on the American Centre in Kolkata in 2002 on Tuesday.
A vacation bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and C K Prasad asked the West Bengal government to respond within four months to a petition filed by Ansari challenging his conviction and death sentence in the case.
Two motorcycle-borne men had indiscriminately fired with a AK-47 assault rifle at policemen outside the American Centre on Jawaharlal Nehru Road early in the morning of January 22, 2002 killing six of them and injuring 14 others.
A division bench of the Calcutta high court had in February 2010 upheld the death sentence of Ansari along with co-accused Jamiluddin Nasir but commuted the capital punishment awarded to three others to seven years imprisonment after a hearing lasting 77 days.
Earlier this month, the apex court had stayed the death sentence awarded to Nasir.
A sessions court in April 2005 had sentenced Ansari, Nasir and three others to death while acquitting two others.
They were charged with sections 121 (waging war against the state), 121-A (conspiracy), 302 and 9 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and 27(3) of the Arms Act.
Just four days after the attack, two persons Salim and Zahid -- were injured in an encounter with a Delhi police team in Hazaribagh in Jharkhand and they subsequently died.