Congress today said the sacking of Gujarat police officer Sanjiv Bhatt and removal of ED director Rajan S Katoch were signals that "politics of vendetta" will be practised against officials who fail to toe the line of the Narendra Modi dispensation.
"The message that goes out in the wake of sacking of Bhat and removal of the ED director is one of politicisation of administration.
"The message is that politics of vendetta will be practised if they do not toe the official line", party's chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters alleging that these developments were aimed at suppressing the adminstration.
Bhatt, who took on Narendra Modi over the 2002 riots in Gujarat, was sacked on grounds of indiscipline. In a Facebook post and in tweets, Bhatt has said he was removed on the basis of a "sham inquiry and fabricated charges."
Bhatt was suspended in 2011 for not showing up at work, for misusing his official car and for threatening a constable.
Katoch's tenure as ED Director was cut short yesterday. The order came close on the heels of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy recently writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking appointment of a full-time Director for the central probe agency while complaining that it had not properly investigated National Herald case in which he has accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul of alleged money Laundering.