On Tuesday, Gupteshwar Pandey’s request of Voluntary retirement has been approved by Bihar government. Pandey got fame during the investigation of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Reports suggest he is keen on contesting the Bihar election as a candidate of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from Sahpur in Buxar district.
“I am no longer DGP (Director General of Police) as of today. So no government rule applies to me anymore. 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,” Mr.Gupteshwar Pandey ,59, told reporters.
when asked whether he was angling for a chance to contest the state election. “I have not said that I will contest polls yet,” he insisted,
“I haven’t joined any party. When I do I will tell all of you. Politics is not the only way of serving society.”
When pressed about his transition from “khaki to khadi”, he shot back: “What is wrong in politics? The system, legislature, everything exists because of politics. You and I are part of that system. There is nothing unconstitutional or illegal about joining politics? I may take the decision but only after speaking to people.”
He also told NDTV, “thousands of calls” over the past two months, during the Sushant Singh Rajput case controversy, asking whether he would resign. “There was so much confusion that bias during polls became a question. If I had been DGP during the election, I would have been accused of bias,”
However, this isn’t the first time he had taken voluntary retirement. In 2009, Pandey had quit the Police force to contest the LoK sabha elections.
Today, he claimed that his 2009 move was over “personal reasons” but added: “It is true that I am interested in politics. But I was anari (naïve) then and I am anari now.”
Moreover, He strongly denied the charge that he wanted to leverage his involvement in the Sushant Singh Rajput investigation for his political debut.
“Only those who feel threatened by me and have a low mentality will say such things,” he said, adding, “If we fought for justice for Sushant Singh Rajput, as a DGP, whatever I did, the Supreme Court endorsed and called it above board.”