Former Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey is set to join Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United). The development comes a day after the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the upcoming Bihar legislative assembly elections.
Pandey’s decision to take voluntary retirement for the second time triggered speculation that he will contest the elections. Addressing a press conference in Patna, he said his voluntary retirement has nothing to do with the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Pandey then said he was a free man now and could do what he wished.
The former DGP was in the national limelight for his sexist remarks targeting jailed actor Rhea Chakraborty. He had said Chakraborty didn’t have the “aukaat” (standing) to comment on the Bihar Chief Minister. A well-known Nitish Kumar supporter, Pandey was non-committal about entering the political fray at first and told reporters that he has not decided about politics, but added he may join if the people from his hometown Buxar wanted him to do so.
Pandey played an important role in investigating the Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, where he took on the Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra government for allegedly blocking the Bihar Police when the investigation team was in Mumbai. He had alleged that Mumbai Police was not fair in investigating Rajput’s death.
In 2009, Pandey had also taken VRS to contest the Lok Sabha elections but didn’t get a BJP ticket. It was then that the state government reinstated him.
The Bihar Assembly elections will be held in three phases from October 28: the first phase on October 28, second on November 3, and the third on November 7. The counting of votes will be held on November 10.