Bihar DGP Who Made the “Aukat” Remark about Rhea Quits. This “Robinhood Bihar Ke” Looks All Set For Politics

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Bihar DGP Who Made the “Aukat” Remark about Rhea Quits. This “Robinhood Bihar Ke” Looks All Set For Politics

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

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 that he is no longer a police officer, there are speculations that Pandey could be eyeing a move to politics during the upcoming Bihar election.

Pandey insisted that he is not contesting elections yet. “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 told reporters.

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”. That’s something only an aspiring neta would do.

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, hefailed to get the ticket from the party, and after nine months of resignation, he was reinstated to the police force. Eleven years later, Pandey has retired again, and the estimation is that he will hitch his fortunes to the BJP or their National Democractic Alliance (NDA) coalition.

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. He also defended Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, an oddly political stance for a supposedly bipartisan police officer.

Pandey, who graduated with the 1987 IPS officers’ batch, has not officially declared his allegiance to any party. However, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone if by November, he is contesting the seat he set his eyes on back in 2009. 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.