Modi's justification on Sohrabuddin case inadequate: PM

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Rajkot, Dec 7 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today termed Chief Minister Narendra Modi's explanation for justifying the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case at a public rally, as ''inadequate''.

Mr Modi had yesterday blamed Congress president Sonia Gandhi for provoking him to doing so.

Talking to mediapersons here, after addressing a public meeting, Dr Singh said it was not an adequate justification to say what he has.

He said,''We are a country where rule of law prevails. No one should think that they are above law and do things that are inconsistent with it.'' He refused to take any queries on the issue, saying the matter was subjudice.

At a rally in Mangrol, the Chief Minister had allegedly justified the killing of Sohrabuddin as he was a criminal who was wanted in four states and kept arms and ammunition.

Asked about the delay in Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru's execution, Dr Singh said the courts have done their duty and there are other processes that are being put in place.

Dismissing Mr Modi's accusation about the Centre's partial attitude towards Gujarat, the Prime Minister said there was not an iota of truth in the allegation. The Centre has given adequate funds to the state and several development schemes are being undertaken because of its efforts, he said and added that the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme was being implemented in six districts of the state, and will cover whole of Gujarat from April next year.

About terrorists minting money from stock markets, Dr Singh said there was a mechanism in place to deal with the issue and the government was taking all measures to thwart such efforts.

UNI

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