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'Cold Blooded Murder'

'The Chief Minister by his remarks clearly indicated that he had initiated and endorsed the killing perpetrated by the police... brazen acknowledgment and justification for the government itself violating due process of law...'

'Cold Blooded Murder'
'Cold Blooded Murder'
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Full text of the letter to the President of India

Smt Pratibha Patil
President of India
Rashtrapati Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001

Madam President,

I respectfully draw your kind attention to a matter of grave national importance that requires your urgent intervention. Addressing an election rally in Gujarat on December 4, 2007 Chief Minister Narendra Modi reportedly said: "Congress in Gujarat is raising its voice on the Sohrabuddin issue. But it should explain to the people what should be done to a man who stored illegal arms and ammunition. You tell me what should have been done to Sohrabuddin?"

Voices in the crowd reportedly shouted: "Kill him, kill him!"

Modi reportedly said: "Well, that is it. Do I have to take Sonia Gandhi’s permission to do this? Hang me if I have done anything wrong."

It might be recalled that Sohrabuddin was killed by the police, allegedly in a fake encounter. The Chief Minister by his remarks clearly indicated that he had initiated and endorsed the killing perpetrated by the police.

Madam President, this goes far beyond the license ordinarily permitted in election campaign speeches. These remarks amount to brazen acknowledgment and justification for the government itself violating due process of law even if that entails cold blooded murder.

What lessons would citizens draw if such official conduct is allowed unchecked? If the government itself sanctions deliberate violation of law and murder as instruments of state policy, on what grounds should citizens condemn jihaadi and ideological terrorists who justify violence by invoking their own vision of creating a different India?

Madam President, the solemn oath you undertook on assuming office enjoined upon you to the best of your ability to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and law".

Article 78 (b) of the Constitution directs the Prime Minister to "furnish such information relating to the administration of the affairs of the Union and proposals for legislation as the President may call for."

I humbly submit that it is your responsibility to exercise the discretion that devolves upon your office under the above portions of the Constitution to intervene in this matter and direct the union government to take appropriate steps to ensure that the laws of the land are upheld.

Failing this, the common citizens of India will draw their own conclusions about how terrorism and political violence should be viewed by them.

Yours faithfully

Rajinder Puri

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Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh
7 Race Course Road
New Delhi - 110001

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