Jailed Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara's scathing letter blamed the Modi government for encounter killings by the Gujarat police and accused it of "ditching the police officials and their families while protecting Amit Shah (then junior home minister of Gujarat) at all costs".
The timing of the letter just days before Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's putative elevation as BJP's prime ministerial candidate and how it was leaked to media persons immediately was discussed widely in the secretariat and in political circles.
Gujarat BJP leader Jaynarayan Vyas said the letter contained mere allegations and that his resignation was “an administrative issue”. State government spokespersons Nitin Patel and Saurabh Patel were not available for comment but, sources said they had no instructions from Modi to offer any reaction.
However, the Modi administration was stunned by the audacious move by Vanzara. "It’s very damaging to the CM, who is seen as the PM candidate. Particularly, the timing is crucial and has the potential to damage Modi and Shah immensely," said a senior official in the state secretariat.
Repeated attempts to get a reaction from additional chief secretary (home) SK Nanda and Modi’s principal secretary GC Murmu failed.
"This is not something Modi and his team would have ever expected from Vanzara who has been one of the most loyal officers despite being in jail for almost seven years," said a senior IPS official.
Congress leaders were, however, quick to demand Modi's resignation and a CBI probe. "If the CM has any morality left he must immediately resign," said Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhvadia.