Two Sikhs convicted in the October 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi won a temporary reprieve from the gallows Thursday when the Supreme Court agreed to delay their executions to hear more appeals by their lawyers.

Less than 14 hours before Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh were to be hanged at New Delhi's maximum-security Tihar Jail, a three-judge panel of India's highest court ordered the executions postponed until Tuesday.The decision came after attorneys for the two filed petitions with the Supreme Court seeking hearings on new appeals of their cases.