Who is Gagandeep Gambhir, the Woman Cop Supervising the CBI Probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput Case?


Who is Gagandeep Gambhir, the Woman Cop Supervising the CBI Probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput Case?

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The controversy surrounding actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death continues to rage, with fans no closer to understanding the circumstances leading to the unfortunate incident. Weeks after the actor’s father alleged a cover up by the Mumbai police, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation by the Bihar government.

One of the members of the team that will look into the case has been revealed to be IPS officer Gagandeep Gambhir, who has overseen a few high-profile investigations in the past, including one against former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in a sand mining case.

Senior IPS officer Manoj Shashidhar, who is the joint director of the agency, will also look into the case along with Gambhir. On Thursday, the team officially filed a case into the actor’s death, naming actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Bhowmik, and four others.

Much like Sushant Singh, the Gujarat Cadre IPS officer, Gambhir, is from Bihar.

After moving to Punjab and graduating from Panjab University at the top of her class, she went on to serve as a Senior Superintendent of Police in many districts of Gujarat, including Rajkot. She has been with the CBI for over a year, reports said.

Apart from investigating the former CM, Gambhir is also part of the unit that looked into the ₹880-crore Srijan scam – the case involving a Srijan Mahila Sahyog Samiti in whose accounts l government funds were fraudulently transferred between 2004 and 2014 – and the money-laundering case against journalist Upendra Rai. She also took the role of additional DIG in a special investigation team headed by Joint Director Sai Manohar.

The CBI team she is now a part of is also simultaneously investigating cases related to Vijay Mallya, Agustawestland, and the coal scam, among others.

The Sushant Singh Rajput case seems to be as big a challenge however. With allegations floating all over the internet over the circumstances leading to the actor’s death, and new information emerging almost every day, the IPS officer is sure to have her work cut out for her. Let’s hope we get some answers soon.