Ex-Bihar DGP Pandey meets Nitish Kumar, avoids confirming entry in politics

Gupteshwar Pandey was in the limelight over the past few months because of his controversial remarks in the case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

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Gupteshwar Pandey joined the JD(U) after taking voluntary retirement from the police force and had expressed his desire to contest the elections. Photo: Twitter

Former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who retired voluntarily last week, met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday afternoon.

Amidst speculations that he may enter politics, Pandey once again refused to clear air on his political ambitions and said he is “yet to decide”.

After his meeting with JDU chief Nitish Kumar on Saturday, Pandey said, “I came here to meet CM Nitish Kumar and to thank him as he had given me absolute freedom to perform my duties as DGP. I have yet not taken any decision on contesting polls.”

Gupteshwar Pandey was in the limelight over the past few months because of his controversial remarks in the case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. He was also accused of passing sexist remarks on Rhea Chakraborty, who is being grilled by the investigation agencies following Sushant’s death.

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Pandey’s statements made it a fight between Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and JD(U) in Bihar and the Sushant death probe was eventually transferred by the Supreme Court from Mumbai police to CBI. After announcing his retirement last week, Pandey had triggered rumours of his contesting the Bihar assembly elections. Pandey too had hinted at taking the political plunge by saying he is “a free man” now and can take any decisions.

In 2009, he had retired in a similar way to contest the Lok Sabha elections, but it didn’t work out and he was reinstated by the Nitish Kumar government nearly nine months later.

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Meanwhile, the popular police officer has been portrayed as ‘Robin Hood Bihar Ke’ by a singer in a music video, which features the IPS officer himself.

The three-phased Bihar assembly elections will start on October 28 while votes will be counted on November 10. The Election Commission has said the polls will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7.

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