Bihar Director General of Police (DGP), Gupteshwar Kumar on Tuesday took voluntary retirement from service. His request of VRS was approved by the Governor of Bihar. A notification regarding this has already been issued.
Pandey’s resignation comes ahead of the Assembly poll in Bihar scheduled for October-November this year, triggering speculations that the officer would contest the upcoming elections. According to media reports, he has made up his mind for starting a new inning of his post-VRS life through politics from his home district Buxar. Buxar is Brahmin and Rajput caste dominated.
Director General (Homeguards) SK Singhal has been given additional charge of DGP, ADG (Headquarters) Jitendra Kumar told news agency PTI.
Gupteshwar Pandey, a 1987 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, had recently made headlines during investigation into Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case.
Pandey was openly critical of Mumbai Police in the late actor’s death case. He had also sparked a controversy when he said that actor Rhea Chakraborty didn’t have the ‘stature’ (aukaat) to comment on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
This is not for the first time that speculations are being made that Pandey would contest elections. Even in 2009, he had taken premature retirement to contest the Lok Sabha elections, but later the state government did not accept his VRS application and reinstated him in the service.
Bihar Assembly election is likely to be held in October-November. It is believed to be a high voltage two-way battle as the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), under the leadership of Janata Dal-United (JDU) chief Nitish Kumar is pitched against the Mahagathbandhan of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.