Director-General of Police (DGP) Bihar Gupteshwar Pandey, who came to limelight due to the Sushant Singh Rajput case, has taken voluntary retirement from services and state Governor Phagu Chauhan has reportedly accepted his resignation.
Confirming the news, Pandey said that he has taken VRS and that it was his constitutional right to do so.
“For the past two months I was being hounded and my life was becoming miserable. I would get thousands of phone calls asking me about my retirement. I was fed up,” said the DGP who was in Mumbai to investigate the SSR case. “In my 34 years of service, no political party or leader can raise doubts over my decision,” said the police officer who fought hard to seek justice for the late actor who was also from Bihar.
Gupteshwar Pandey is a 1987 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre who shot to fame recently during the investigation into Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. His last working day was September 22 as per the request for his resignation to the home department. In the interim, DGP, Home Guards, S K Singhal, has been given additional charge of Bihar DGP.
Pandey openly criticized Mumbai Police in the late actor’s death case. He had also stoked a controversy by saying that actor Rhea Chakraborty didn’t have the “stature” to comment on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Even earlier, Pandey had requested for VRS in 2014, hoping to enter politics with a ticket for BJP. However, since he couldn’t get a ticket, he requested for the VRS to be revoked and reinstate him to his job.
The then government under Nitish Kumar accepted him back into the fold and the top cop joined the forces once again just before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
He is now likely to contest the elections, from the JDU, the party he joined on July 31 this year. His retirement comes just five months ahead of his retirement, which was due in February 2021. His batchmate had also joined the JDU and is likely to contest the upcoming elections in the state.