Patna: Following his sudden voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service while serving as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Bihar, Gupteshwar Pandey, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday refuted rumors of him taking the retirement to fulfill his long-cherished goal of joining politics.
“When I gave away the hand of the daughter of a Dalit family eight years ago, do you think I did so because of my political ambitions? I am a Brahmin and yet, my wife and I arranged for her wedding at our home in Buxar district. This was not political and anyone is free to verify it,” Pandey, surrounded by armed guards, told the reporters.
Relating another anecdote to establish his no-caste credential, the former top cop of Bihar said that a Dalit boy served him as his cook for a long time.
“I don’t believe in any particular caste or religion but always believed in my duties. People on social media are accusing me of being motivated by my political desires but even if I harbor such ambitions, what is wrong with it? Is it immoral, unconstitutional, or criminal? I have not taken any decision about my future but if do decide to join a party, I will let you know,” Pandey said.
Words are out in the social media that Pandey has the nod of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to join Janata Dal – U that has decided to field him from Buxar in the upcoming state Assembly elections.
Pandey became the news himself a few weeks ago when he became a fierce advocate for ‘Justice for Sushant’, the Bollywood actor from Patna who was found dead in his Mumbai apartment under suspicious condition. While the police initially attributed his death to suicide, nationwide outrage by his admirers, including Pandey, forced the government to call for a full CBI probe into his death suggesting Rajput didn’t die of suicide but was murdered by the Bollywood mafia.
The former DGP then went on to make some very controversial statements against Rhea Chakravarty, actor and Sushant Singh Rajput’s former girlfriend, who found herself in the middle of a murder case as the chief accused who allegedly drove her boyfriend to kill himself.
Pandey also hogged the limelight when he fiercely defended Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for demanding a CBI probe in the case thus raising the ire of Rhea Chakravarty.