By Arré Bench Sep. 26, 2020
Ahead of the Bihar polls, the Sushant Singh Rajput case is being used to gain political mileage. Now former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who was probing the actor’s death, has joined Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).
Gupteshwar Pandey was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer serving as Bihar’s Director-General of Police. He then applied for a voluntary resignation and was granted one by Bihar’s Governor Phagu Chauhan, who even waived off the mandatory three-month notice period that normally accompanies such a request. It was only a few weeks ago that Pandey was using his position as DGP to attack the Mumbai Police for their handling of the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. He made headlines for his remarks on Rhea Chakraborty, accused of having a role in Rajput’s death, by questioning her “aukaat”. But now he is no longer a police officer. After speculations that Pandey could be eyeing a move to politics during the upcoming Bihar election, he has now joined Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).
Former Bihar DGP #GupteshwarPandey will be joining Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) at a ceremony at 1 pm on Saturday.
(@Sujjha)#Politics #Bihar #BiharElections #BiharElection2020 #Biharpollshttps://t.co/GG343TCpZD
— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) September 26, 2020
Pandey was non-committal at first. “As for what I will do… people are coming from Buxar, Jehanabad, Begusarai, many other districts…people are coming to me. I will speak to people as to how they want my service and then take a decision,” he had told reporters after his resignation from the force.
But actions, as they say, speak louder than words. Soon after the VRS announcement, a music video was launched calling him “Robinhood Bihar Ke” and “Janata Ka Hero”. Now that’s something only an aspiring neta would do.
Former Bihar DGP #GupteshwarPandey in his new avatar!
A music video on him released mins after his VRS was approved calls him “Robinhood Bihar ke” and “Janta ka Hero.” pic.twitter.com/XrVNaZHkau
— Marya Shakil (@maryashakil) September 23, 2020
Pandey has attempted this same gambit once before. In 2009, he tendered his voluntary resignation on the expectation that he would receive a ticket to contest the Buxar seat for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, he failed to get the ticket from the party, and after nine months of resignation, he was reinstated to the police force. Eleven years later, Pandey is back in the game.
Gupteshwar Pandey had taken VRS in 2009 as well to contest the Lok Sabha polls on a BJP ticket. He was denied a ticket at the last moment and then petitioned to be reinstated. He was back as IPS after 9 months. https://t.co/mo6oSAeUNV
— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) September 23, 2020
In hindsight, Pandey’s involvement in the investigation of Rajput’s death seems like perfect groundwork for the launch of a political career. He was instrumental in getting the case transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation and also was quick to defend Bihar Chief Minister and his new boss Nitish Kumar.
— Mojo Story (@themojo_in) September 23, 2020
In Bihar, politicians are using Rajput’s death to gain political mileage and Pandey might be no different. He is probably hoping things turn out better this around than they did back then.