The apex court has, however, exempted Modi from appearing personally in the court. The court rejected the Gujarat Government appeal to put off hearing on account of the ongoing Assembly polls in the state. At an election rally in Jamnagar District on December 4, Modi admitted that Sohrabuddin"s encounter did happen in Gujarat, saying the latter got what he deserved.
"Yes, Sohrabuddin's encounter happened in Gujarat, and if Sonia Gandhi wants, she can hang me for this," said Modi.
Sohrabuddin was reportedly gunned down on November 26, 2005 after being branded a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant by the state police, allegedly trying to hatch a conspiracy to kill Modi. The cops also allegedly killed Sohrabuddin's wife, Kausar Bi.
On December 8, Gujarat government's former counsel in the Supreme Court, K T S Tulsi, had said Modi"s remarks justifying killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh was completely opposite to the stand taken by the State government in the apex court.
The Gujarat Government had submitted to the apex court that the encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh by the state police in November 2005 in Gujarat was “fake".